Nineteen projects will receive grants through the Forestland Stewards Initiative, a public-private partnership between NFWF and International Paper aimed at conserving and restoring Southern forests that provide critical habitat for endangered wildlife as well as economic opportunities for local communities. The grants are expected to leverage nearly $15.8 million in additional funding and in-kind support.
Projects will be implemented in four priority regions: the Low Country forests of North and South Carolina; the Cumberland Plateau of Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee; the Piney Woods of Texas and Louisiana; and the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Arkansas and Mississippi. With the latest grants, the initiative has established, enhanced, or protected more than four hundred thousand acres of native forest and wildlife habitat.
"The Forestland Stewards partnership strengthens the conservation community across the South by bringing together business leaders, landowners, public agencies, and conservationists to restore and protect some of the most iconic and biodiverse forests in the United States," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. "This partnership benefits not just wildlife, but also private landowners, communities, and industries that depend on abundant natural resources."
For a complete list of 2018 Forest Stewards grants, see the NFWF website.