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Habitat Enhancement Underway on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Prescribed fire on Brawley Mountain; photo by Bill Elliott.
The Blue Ridge Ranger District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is implementing a project to enhance habitat conditions for the Golden-winged Warbler. Only 12 breeding pairs currently call Georgia home, all in Chattahoochee National Forest’s Brawley Mountain area in Fannin County. The Golden-winged Warbler is a State Endangered species and a high-priority bird in Georgia’s Wildlife Action Plan and AMJV’s Implementation Plan.

The Brawley Mountain project involves the use of timber harvesting, prescribed burning, and selective herbicide application to create approximately 400 acres of open oak woodland conditions favored by this species in Georgia. The project will be completed under a Stewardship Agreement with the National Wild Turkey Federation. Timber harvest on the site began this fall and will continue through next year.

The Brawley Mountain Project was developed cooperatively by biologists with the US Forest Service and Georgia Wildlife Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section. Significant support was provided by the National Audubon Society’s Georgia Important Bird Areas program.