Enhancing nesting habitats in the Southern Piney Woods

The focal landscape for this project is the Southern Flatwoods areas of south Alabama and north Florida. The overall project is estimated at more than $1 million and the NWTF has contributed $65,000.

In this project, prescribed burning is being used to enhance diverse native grass stands and forbs that provide brood-rearing and nesting habitat for healthy longleaf pine ecosystems.

The prescribed burning, by an Ecosystems Support Team and burn crews, is supported with the Gulf Coast Plain Ecosystems Partnership and Talladega Mountain Longleaf Conservation Partnership and other grants and partnerships.

Threatened and endangered species such as red-cockaded woodpeckers, indigo snakes and gopher tortoises are benefitting, and the habitat improvements are helping wild turkey, northern bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer and other wildlife.

Partners on this project include: USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Defense, Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Florida Forest Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Northwest Florida Water Management District, Resource Management Service, Nokuse Plantation, The Nature Conservancy, The Longleaf Alliance, Alabama and Florida State Chapters of NWTF, Gulf Power, Westervelt Ecological Services, Escambia County, FL, Munford Schools, Jacksonville State University, Berry College and Alabama Wildlife Federation.

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