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AMJV Receives $8 Million RCPP Award to Enhance Cerulean Warbler Habitat

Cerulean Warbler; photo Frode Jacobsen.
A project proposal from the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) Partnership was one of 115 high-impact projects to receive in total more than $370 million as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement project will allow partners to work with private landowners to enhance 12,500 acres of forest habitat on private lands for Cerulean Warblers and other wildlife. Approximately 1,000 acres of reclaimed mine lands will also be restored using American Chestnut plantings.

The 5-year project will be modeled after the Natural Resources Conservation Service Working Lands for Wildlife program for Golden-winged Warblers, using the Cerulean Warbler Habitat Management Guidelines to guide conservation practices in delineated focal areas. Conservation work will take place in the states of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, and Maryland. The project will create a tremendous opportunity for the AMJV partnership to engage private landowners and promote contiguous areas of working forests to help ensure long-term conservation of Ceruleans.

Partners contributing an additional $8 million in match for forest management, coordination, landowner enrollment, outreach, and other activities for this project include: American Bird Conservancy, Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative/Green Forests Work, Indiana University of PennsylvaniaCResearch 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 Bird Conservation Initiative, OH Division of Forestry, OH Division of Wildlife, PA Game Commission, The American Chestnut Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry, University of Kentucky, WV Division of Natural Resources, WV Division of Forestry, and West Virginia University.