2019 improvements in Choccolocco WMA

America’s Big Six Focal Region: Mid-South Rebirth

Focal Landscape: Southern Appalachian

Location: Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area, Heflin, Alabama; USDA Forest Service owned, managed by Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries

Cost estimate of completed project: $31,200; NWTF contribution: $7,800

Overview: Choccolocco WMA needs a disk harrow to manage wildlife openings, firebreaks and strip disking in late winter. After purchase and beginning in 2019, this harrow work will annually encompass between 1,000 to 1,500 acres.

Description of work:

  • Maintain prescribed firebreaks for routine prescribed fire to be conducted with established fire regimen                                              
  • Strip disk wildlife openings in late winter to stimulate native vegetation and to encourage growth of species such as ragweed and partridge pea                                                  

Partners: NWTF Alabama State Chapter, Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and Forest Service

Species targeted: Eastern wild turkey, white-tailed deer and bobwhite quail

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