$1 mil­lion grant to help in for­est de­vel­op­ment


Eight grants to­tal­ing $1 mil­lion have been an­nounced to sup­port forest­land restora­tion projects and work­ing forests in Tennessee, Ken­tucky and Alabama.

The Na­tional Fish and Wildlife Foun­da­tion and In­ter­na­tional Pa­per an­nounced the grants that will be matched by $1.5 mil­lion from the or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceiv­ing the grants to make a to­tal im­pact of $2.5 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to a joint re­lease.

The projects in­clude a $100,000 award to the Uni­ver­sity of Tennessee to help re­store short­leaf pine and pine­hard­wood forests on 682 acres on the Cum­ber­land Plateau.

“The Forest­land Ste­wards Part­ner­ship has achieved tremen­dous suc­cess by bring­ing to­gether busi­ness lead­ers, landown­ers, pub­lic agen­cies and con­ser­va­tion­ists to re­store and pro­tect some of the most iconic and bio­di­verse forests in the United States,” said Jay Jensen, di­rec­tor of the foun­da­tion’s south­ern re­gional of­fice. “The grants an­nounced to­day sup­port the col­lec­tive work of dozens of part­ners work­ing to pro­mote health­ier forests at a land­scape-scale, which will ben­e­fit wildlife and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

In­ter­na­tional Pa­per in 2013 made a five-year com­mit­ment of $7.5 mil­lion to re­store na­tive forests, strengthen im­por­tant fish and wildlife pop­u­la­tions and pro­tect wa­ter­sheds.

“Our en­tire busi­ness de­pends on the sus­tain­abil­ity of forests,” said Tom Cleves, In­ter­na­tional Pa­per’s vice pres­i­dent of global cit­i­zen­ship. “We are thrilled to team up with or­ga­ni­za­tions that share our com­mit­ment to re­spon­si­ble for­est man­age­ment.”

The projects are ex­pected to es­tab­lish more than 2,000 new acres and en­hance an ad­di­tional 8,000 ex­ist­ing acres of na­tive for­est, as well as im­prove 250 miles of for­est and stream habi­tat.

The grantees, award amounts and projects:

› The Na­ture Con­ser­vancy-Ken­tucky Chap­ter, $50,000, The Na­ture Con­ser­vancy’s Ken­tucky Chap­ter and part­ners will re­move Green River Lock and Dam 6 and com­plete a sci­en­tific as­sess­ment for the re­moval of Green River Lock and Dam 5. The project will re­sult in 198 miles of free-flow­ing river be­tween the Rochester Dam and Green River Lake Dam in Ken­tucky.

› Bed­ford County (Tenn.) Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, $100,000, Bed­ford County Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict and part­ners will re­store and en­hance 100 acres of forests and herba­ceous cover on de­graded streams in Tennessee’s Duck River wa­ter­shed.

› Lin­coln County (Tenn.) Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, $199,590, Lin­coln County Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict and part­ners will re­store 150 acres of forested buf­fers on de­graded streams within pri­or­ity sub-wa­ter­sheds of Tennessee’s Elk River wa­ter­shed.

› Tennessee Parks and Green­ways Foun­da­tion, $115,000, Tennessee Parks and Green­ways Foun­da­tion and part­ners will en­hance 1,600 acres of head­wa­ters habi­tat on two pri­vately owned tracts at Coal and Whites Creek in Cum­ber­land County to pro­tect and di­ver­sity wildlife habi­tat.

› The Uni­ver­sity of Tennessee, $100,000, The Uni­ver­sity of Tennessee and part­ners will re­store short­leaf pine and pine-hard­wood forests on 682 acres, pro­tect wa­ter qual­ity and chan­nel in­tegrity on 3.5 miles of streams, and en­hance 60 acres of forests im­pacted by re­cent wild­fires and in­va­sive species.

› The For­est Guild, $149,989, The For­est Guild and part­ners will re­store short­leaf pine on 175 acres in Ken­tucky and 175 acres in Tennessee and use the forests as short­leaf demon­stra­tion and learn­ing cen­ters.

› Alabama Forestry As­so­ci­a­tion, $200,000, The Alabama Forestry As­so­ci­a­tion and part­ners will re­store short­leaf pine on pub­lic and pri­vate lands and in­crease burn­ing ca­pac­ity in the project area to en­hance short­leaf pine forests, with a to­tal im­pact of 4,400 acres.

› Alabama Forestry As­so­ci­a­tion, $150,000, the Alabama Forestry As­so­ci­a­tion and part­ners will en­gage 250 landown­ers in out­reach and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance fo­cused on habi­tat pro­tec­tion and en­hance­ment for at-risk aquatic species, with the ex­pec­ta­tion that 14 fam­ily forests will im­prove 80 acres of forests and 12 miles of streams.

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