NWTF and NRCS work to restore hardwood forests

Focal Region: Mid-South Rebirth

Focal Landscape: Tennessee River

Overall cost estimate of completed project: $160,000 (NWTF contribution: $40,000)

Description: A three-year agreement between the NWTF and NRCS promotes restored, native mixed shortleaf pine and hardwood forests in Florence, Decatur, Moulton and Huntsville, Alabama • Promotes diversity of understory habitat forage and escape cover for wildlife • NWTF is working with private landowners to enroll in cost-assistance plans through the Federal Farm Bill and Environmental Quality Incentive Program • After one year, major strides in restoration of native wildlife habitat is already helping wild turkeys with brood rearing and nesting cover, thanks to prescribed fire and generation of diverse native grasses • Work impacts bobwhite quail  and migrant songbird habitat and is improving watershed health

Partners: Shortleaf Pine Technical Committee: NRCS, American Forest Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Alabama Forest Association, Alabama TREASURE Forest Association, Alabama Forestry Commission, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Georgia-Alabama Land Trust and others

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