NWTF, Forest Service Team for Critical Prescribed Burn in Georgia
Thanks to a prescribed burn directed by the NWTF and the USDA Forest Service, habitat in a 760-acre block of the Oconee National Forest in central Georgia is much improved for wild turkey as well as bobwhite quail and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
In addition to the prescribed burn treatment, the Oconee Ranger District project includes management practices such as timber harvest and thinning, creation of wildlife openings and non-native invasive plant control.
"The project is very beneficial to the habitat for a variety of wildlife species," said Donnie Buckland, NWTF private lands manager. "We will continue similar work throughout Georgia in the Oconee and Chattahoochee national forests."
The early successional habitat created in the project included critical nesting and brooding habitat for wild turkeys, bobwhite quail and other ground-nesting birds and improved foraging areas for woodpeckers. The Nature Conservancy fire crews conducted the prescribed burn for the NWTF and the Forest Service.
The NWTF is the only non-governmental organization partnering with the Forest Service in the Forest Stewardship Program created by Congress as part of the Healthy Forest Initiative.
The program allows timber receipts from designated sales on Forest Service land to be reinvested on the ground in conservation projects.
The NWTF is involved in 39 stewardship projects in 26 states.