The focal landscape for this project was the piney woods areas of Louisiana. The NWTF contributed $27,643 to the $298,688 project.
A two-year National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant funded a NWTF forester’s work in Louisiana’s Vernon, Sabine, Rapides, Natchitoches, Beauregard and Allen Parishes as well as in the Kisatchie National Forest and at Fort Polk. The forester, along with partners, provides free technical assistance and education to landowners while encouraging planting and controlled burning of longleaf pines. The grant will improve wildlife habitat, areas for public recreation, hunting and provide for the conservation of endangered species. Species targeted to benefit from the project include the Eastern wild turkey, Northern bobwhite quail, red-cockaded woodpeckers and Louisiana pine snakes.
Partners on the project include: NRCS, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Department of the Army (Fort Polk), the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Nature Conservancy and the West-Central Louisiana Ecosystem Partnership.