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Land Managers Workshop Focuses on GWWA Best Management Practices

Landowners learned guidelines for developing Golden2winged Warbler habitat; photo by Becky Keller.
A two-day workshop sponsored by Audubon North Carolina and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation detailed guidelines for developing habitat for Golden-winged Warblers (GWWA) and other species associated with early successional forest. The Golden-winged Warbler Land Managers Workshop: Restoring Early Successional Habitat in the Southern Appalachians gathered 44 land managers from 24 organizations and 6 states to discuss the most recent biology and status of this priority species, forestry best management practices, stewardship programs and tools available for private landowners, and how to implement all components for efficient management. Field trips took place to demonstrate alternative management prescriptions during visits to sites in North Carolina and Tennessee. Along with Audubon and NFWF, the workshop was supported by the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, National Wild Turkey Federation, University of Tennessee, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, TN Natural Areas, NC Forest Service, US Forest Service, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, American Bird Conservancy, and Apple Mountain Demonstration Forest.