Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement Project
A partnership enhancing forest habitat on private lands between the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through their Regional Conservation Partnership Program
In January 2015, the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to enhance Cerulean Warbler habitat on private lands. The Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement project is allowing partners to work with private landowners to enhance forest habitat using sustainable forest management practices on private lands for Cerulean Warblers and other wildlife in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Another component of the project will work with private landowners to reforest legacy surface mine land, including planting blight resistant American Chestnut trees in these three states as well as Kentucky and Ohio.
"This project is creating a tremendous opportunity for our partnership to engage private landowners and promote contiguous areas of viable working forests to help ensure long-term conservation of Cerulean Warblers," said Todd Fearer, Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Coordinator. "Cerulean Warblers are one of our partnership's highest priority species and approximately 75 percent of their distribution occurs on private land. Sustainable forestry practices on private lands can improve the habitat for Cerulean Warblers and multiple other game and non-game species, while enhancing forest health."
USDA funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is available for landowners interested in improving mature forest habitat or restoring surface mine areas on their lands. Forest management to improve Cerulean Warbler habitat often includes thinning the forest by removing low-quality trees and using herbicides to control undesirable or invasive plants on the forest floor. The same habitat benefits deer, turkey, and many other songbirds. EQIP funding can cover much of the project costs but typically do not pay for all of the project costs. Funding is not guaranteed, but is based upon availability and environmental benefit/need.
For landowners and partners wanting to learn more about forest management options:
West Virginia Cerulean Warbler Partnership Coordinator
Office: (304) 284-7595
Mobile: (717) 557-4835
Step-by-Step Guide: Cerulean Warbler Forestland Enhancement Project
Outreach Article: Cerulean Warbler Forest Enhancement Program
Pennsylvania Cerulean Warbler Partnership Coordinator
Office: (570) 387-7714 ext 131
Alleghany and Garrett Counties
Chad Bucklew, District Conservationist
Allegany Field Service Center
12407 Naves Cross Road NE
Cumberland, MD 21502-6805
Frederick and Washington CountiesContact
Brent Cammauf, District Conservationist
Frederick Field Service Center
92 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 230
Frederick, MD 21702-4403
MD NRCS Website: www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/md/home/
Surface Mine Reforestation
Reforest Coal Mined Land Advertisement
Reforestation Coordinator, Green Forests Work
Mobile: (859) 421-9222
Partners contributing to this project include: American Bird Conservancy, Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative/Green Forests Work, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Research Institute, KY Department of Agriculture State Apiarist, KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, MD Department of Natural Resources Forest Service, National Wild Turkey Federation, Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement, Ohio Division of Forestry, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, PA Game Commission, The American Chestnut Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Kentucky, WV Division of Natural Resources, WV Division of Forestry, West Virginia University.