Amplifying Conservation on the Daniel Boone

Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest is as much of a treasure for hunters and outdoorsmen and women as it is for the immense wildlife that inhabit it. Benefitting wild turkey habitat, improving forest health and keeping the area a sought-after place for outdoors enthusiasts are all reasons why the NWTF is continuing its long-standing partnership with the USDA Forest Service and is continuing to provide crucial funding for conservation projects throughout the forest.

The Daniel Boone National Forest falls within the NWTF’s Cumberland Plateau Focal Landscape, part of its Mid-South Rebirth Big 6 Regions of Conservation.

The 708,000-acre forest is hilly, mountainous and encompasses three major river systems, all flowing into the Ohio River. Mixed hardwoods and yellow pine provide ideal habitat for wild turkeys and a plethora of other wildlife, including black bears, elk, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, pollinators and bald eagles, among many others.

The forest is broken into four Forest Service Ranger Districts, the Cumberland, London, Redbird and Strearns, in all of which the NWTF has provided crucial funding for conservation projects.

And while the NWTF is involved in numerous, ongoing agreements and projects throughout other districts in the forest, the NWTF and the Forest Service recently completed the four-year Cumberland Agreement, a partnership aimed at increasing habitat diversity across the Cumberland Ranger District.

“Through our Cumberland Agreement with the Forest Service, we impacted approximately 500 acres per year throughout the length of the agreement,” said Derek Alkire, NWTF district biologist.

“This particular agreement involved funding and implementing forest management techniques – namely, prescribed burning, invasive species treatment, maintaining wildlife openings and mastication –  all of which greatly benefitted wild turkeys and other early successional species. The early successional habitat this management creates is crucial for wild turkey nesting and brood rearing. We look forward to continuing more partnerships with the Forest Service on the Daniel Boone far into the future.”

For more information on the NWTF’s involvement on the Daniel Boone National Forest, click here https://www.nwtf.org/conservation/article/a-boon-for-wildlife .

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