Timber thinning improves habitats in the Mid-South Rebirth region

The focal landscape for this project is the Cumberland Plateau. The project totals $430,676 with the NWTF contributing $17,845. Prescribed burning, mechanical woody plant control and shortleaf pine seedling plantings are the focus of wildlife habitat improvements on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area (Tennessee) and Daniel Boone National Forest (Kentucky).

Four years in the making, project areas are overcoming more than a century of fire suppression, and the work is improving living conditions for wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, grassland and woodland songbirds, bats and small mammals. New stands of oak-hickory, oak and mixed shortleaf pine-oak habitats are growing, thanks to timber thinning and mechanical treatments, which are eliminating non-native invasive shrubs and helping prepare sites for shortleaf pine seedling plantings.

Partners in this project include the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association.

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