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Grant restoring 10,000 acres near Fort Benning

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The Longleaf Stewardship Fund is spending a $350,000 grant to enhance and restore about 10,000 acres of forest in the greater-Fort Benning area.

The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with Fort Benning, the Georgia Forestry Commission, and NRCS, and others as part of the Chattahoochee Fall Line Conservation Partnership, will accelerate and demonstrate longleaf pine conservation on the acres in west Georgia and east Alabama within the Fort Benning Significant Geographic Area. This project will provide technical assistance and outreach to private landowners and develop model forest demonstration sites to inform landowners of the economic and ecological benefits of longleaf pine. Fire teams will also expand the use of prescribe fire across the SGA, which is critical in restoring and maintaining a healthy longleaf pine forest.

In the Fund's second year, 15 projects in 7 states were selected for funding, totaling over $3.1 million. It is anticipated that these projects will result in more than 13,500 acres of longleaf restored, and over 140,000 additional acres of enhanced longleaf wildlife habitat. In addition, it is expected that over 1,100 private landowners will receive education and technical assistance related to longleaf restoration and available cost-share programs, with 200 entering into stewardship programs on private lands.

James Brierton

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