Cumberland Plateau

Focal Region: Mid-South Rebirth

Focal Landscape: Cumberland Plateau

Overall cost estimate: $1.6 million 

(NWTF contribution: $415,000)

Description: Developing safe fire breaks and creating small openings in timber, planting of shortleaf pine and using controlled burns minimize the long-term effects of devastating wildfires in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest and the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area • Restoration of 30,000-40,000 acres focuses on oak woodlands, oak/pine savannas and shortleaf pine • Project is currently in year three of a four-year program • Fighting fire with controlled burns; devastating wildfires that hit the area last year did not impact areas already treated by prescribed fire • Wildlife targeted include wild turkeys, elk, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, golden-winged warbler and other birds

Partners: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, USDA Forest Service, Daniel Boone National Forest, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association, Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Pine Mountain Longbeards NWTF Chapter

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