Chesterfield County Soil and Water Conservation District
(SWCD) in South Carolina is using grant money from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to restore the longleaf pine habitat in the South Carolina Sandhills region.
The SWCD is one of 24 agencies and groups this year to receive a portion of $6.3 million to restore, enhance and protect longleaf pine forests.
The $250,000 grant, coupled with $250,000 in matching funds, will plant 360 acres of longleaf, apply management practices to 300 acres of existing longleaf, introduce fire to 610 acres, and establish 25 acres of native understory plants, such as wiregrass, bluestems and native flowers in existing stands where the native seed bank has been destroyed.
The efforts will also benefit threatened and endangered species, wild turkey and reptiles, among other wildlife.
The Sandhills Longleaf Pine Conservation Partnership (SLPCP), which includes the conservation district, has been working on longleaf habitat through NFWF grants for seven years. In that time, more than 6,500 acres have been affected. In the past three years, data has been collected to create a GIS layer of all forest stand types and conditions, so that priority areas can be identified and landowners in those areas can be contacted.
Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District
(SWCD) recently teamed up with an organic nutritional supplement manufacturer to convert farmland into forest to grow the company’s mission, as well as the SWCD’s community conservation vision.
After purchasing property that previously was used as hayfields,
of Nashport, Ohio, contacted the Licking County SWCD and inquired about ways to transition the acreage into forestland that might be used, in part, for its organic product.
“They were looking at ways to enhance their property, and we’re promoting getting more native trees planted on land,” SWCD Administrator
Denise Natoli Brooks said
. “To be able to partner with them, develop that relationship, and highlight the potential to work with other landowners…it fits our mission perfectly.”
NACD JOINS NASF ANNUAL MEETING IN NORTH CAROLINA
This week, NACD Forestry Specialist
and NACD Southeast Region Representative
are joining the
National Association of State Foresters
(NASF) for its Annual Meeting in Asheville, N.C.
NACD works with NASF to help coordinate state and local forest conservation efforts. Two focus areas are to get conservation districts and state associations more involved in supporting state
Forest Action Plans
and to help USDA successfully roll out its new
Shared Stewardship strategy
With the 2008 Farm Bill, Congress tasked states and territories with assessing the condition of trees and forests within their boundaries, regardless of ownership; and developing strategies to conserve working forest landscapes, protect forests from harm, and enhance public benefits from trees and forests.
The first state Forest Action Plans were launched in 2010 and were formally reviewed in 2015. States are now developing new 10-year plans that will launch in 2020. Conservation districts are encouraged to participate in the planning process.
The U.S. Forest Service's new Shared Stewardship strategy seeks to address a number of forest resource challenges by working collaboratively to identify priorities for landscape-scale treatments.
Conservation districts have been identified as a key partner to assist this program nationwide. A number of state forestry agencies have already submitted applications.
Foresters to lead ‘walk and talk’ about managing woodland
Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District
(SWCD) and the Western Maine Chapter of
Maine Woodland Owners
co-sponsored an informative "
" at the conservation district's demonstration forest.
During the walk, several experienced foresters provided insights and information about different ways to manage woodlands.
The main topics covered during the walk were managing for pine, managing for oak, managing for wildlife habitat and protecting water resources.
Invited speakers included
Merle Ring, retired Maine district forester;
Mike Richard, Maine district forester; and
Michele Windsor, Oxford County SWCD project manager.
RCD helps coordinate 22nd Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day
Volunteers collected litter, planted willow stakes, cut Lodgepole pines, and removed posts and invasive weeds.
SWCD hosts forestry contest
The day began with educational sessions on general forestry and tree identification led by
Steve McGinnis and
Andy Sabola; ODNR Division of Forestry; timber cruising led by
Tyler Pope and
Mike Hoffman; vocational ag teachers; and chain saw parts and troubleshooting led by
Mark Starkey, vocational ag teacher.
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