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324 Acres on TN slopes of Hump Mountain — Now Protected!

The newly protected lands adjoin Cherokee National Forest and Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area and has been a conservation priority for decades. Photo by SAHC.
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) purchased 324 acres in the Highlands of Roan — permanently protecting the northern slopes of Hump Mountain just 500 ft. from the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT)! The property, adjoining Cherokee National Forest and Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area, has been a conservation priority for SAHC and partners at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the US Forest Service for decades.

“Our purchasing this tract ensures that future generations of hikers will be able to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the AT on Hump Mountain,” said Executive Director Carl… ... Read more >>
Posted by Matt Cimitile: June 26, 2017

Grouse Restoration Plan Comes into Focus

A newly published plan developed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources offers a long-range strategy to help ruffed grouse populations rebound in eastern Kentucky after years of decline.

The Ruffed Grouse and Young Forest Strategic Plan looks 10 years out and its success hinges on an array of partners working together to create the young forest habitat on which grouse and other woodland species can thrive.

“This will be an ambitious effort, aimed at turning the tide for the ruffed grouse,” Kentucky Fish and… ... Read more >>
Posted by Matt Cimitile: June 26, 2017

Study Finds Thrushes Make Remarkable Non-Stop Flights From South America

Gray-cheeked Thrushes tagged at a stopover site in northern Colombia were later detected by Motus tracking stations (blue dots) in the United States and Canada. Graphic courtesy of Ryan Norris.
A new study finds that the number of days it takes for a bird to migrate to its breeding grounds is directly related to conditions at just a single stopover site. These crucial migration rest stops can determine how far the bird can fly non-stop and whether or not it will reach its breeding grounds in time to reproduce.

Researchers from seven institutions in Colombia, the United States, and Canada conducted the study, just published in Scientific Reports. Scientists tracked 133 Gray-cheeked Thrushes fitted with miniature radio transmitters called nano-tags as the birds travelled from… ... Read more >>
Posted by Matt Cimitile: June 20, 2017

Funding Benefits Conservation, Outdoor Recreation and Economy in 50 States

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal year 2017 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration Program fund can be found here and the Sport Fish Restoration Program fund here.

The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast where Secretary Zinke met with New Hampshire Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau, whose state will receive $8,146,960 through the… ... Read more >>
Posted by Matt Cimitile: June 14, 2017

USDA Announces More than $22 Million in Conservation Innovation

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that the agency will award more than $22.6 million to drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation.  The agency is investing in 33 projects nationwide through its competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which helps develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands and develop market-based solutions to resource challenges. Public and private grantees - including non-governmental organizations, American Indian tribes, academic institutions and local government entities - will leverage the federal investment by at least matching it.

The projects… ...
Posted by Matt Cimitile: June 14, 2017

Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program

Golden-winged Warbler; by NFWF.
The Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program invests in on-the-ground restoration and planning to restore the quality of forest and freshwater habitats in the Central Appalachian-Allegheny Plateau landscape, including the Appalachian regions of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.  Key partners in the effort are the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Forest Foundation.

The program will award up to $1.3 million in the first year. Funding in subsequent years will depend on availability.

Representative… ...
Posted by Matt Cimitile: June 08, 2017

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