TNC and NFWF partner to restore longleaf ecosystem
The Nature Conservancy (TNC), as part of the Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration, has received $350,000 of grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Longleaf Stewardship Fund.
This project and its funding was only possible with the unique forum the Arch partnership allows. The following entities are involved in what we named the “Cape Fear Arch Longleaf Initiative”: NC Forest Service, NC State Parks, NC Plant Conservation Program, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Orton Plantation, The Nature Conservancy and private landowners in proximity to MOTSU. The project would not have been possible without the generous matching support from Orton Plantation, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and official support from MOTSU.
The purpose of the Initiative is to increase the establishment of longleaf pine, enhance existing longleaf habitat and develop innovative techniques to safely implement controlled burns in the wildland-urban interface and the organic peat soils of the pocosin-longleaf pine habitat matrix. The project area includes the southeast coastal plain of North Carolina, stretching from the Bladen Lakes Significant Geographic Area south to the Department of Defense’s Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) and includes the Greater Green Swamp Subarea. With the participation of private landowners and state agencies, the Initiative will:
- Plant more than 1,200 acres of longleaf pine seedlings;
- Restore 1,900 acres of wiregrass;
- Treat 1,000 acres of mid-story during the project period;
- Execute more than 5,200 acres of prescribed fire in a technically challenging environment filled with encroaching residential development, unpredictable weather patterns and organic peat soils.
For more information about the Longleaf Stewardship Fund, please visit: http://www.nfwf.org/longleaf/Pages/home.aspx