The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to plan and implement a series of workshops across USFS Region 9 for land owners detailing management practices that can improve forest habitats for birds and other wildlife. The workshops will describe how specific forest management practices can benefit birds and other wildlife, and includes discussions of cost-share and easement programs that facilitate this type of management.
AMJV staff and partners, working with Allegheny National Forest staff, have a workshop scheduled for June 9-10, 2017, targeting forest landowners in northwest Pennsylvania and southwest New York. The AMJV is also working with staff from the Wayne National Forest to organize a planning team to develop the Ohio workshops. Given the number of forest management efforts on private lands in these states and the number of existing landowner outreach efforts, these AMJV/USFS workshops seek to augment and compliment such work as much as possible.
Funding for the workshops originated from a U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service Joint Chief’s Landscape Restoration Partnership award given to the Monongahela National Forest. The first workshop in this series was held in October 2015 in West Virginia in conjunction with the Monongahela National Forest.