$5.5 Million Announced for Longleaf Pine Forests and Ecosystems

$5.5 Million Announced for Longleaf Pine Forests and Ecosystems

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced on August 15, 2017 that $5.5 million in grants has been awarded to support the restoration of the longleaf ecosystem in nine states. Awarded through the Longleaf Stewardship Fund, the grants are expected to generate more than $7 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $12.5 million.

With the addition of these accomplishments, NFWF’s Longleaf Stewardship Fund will reach a historic milestone, surpassing 1 million acres of longleaf pine restored or enhanced.

The 24 projects awarded grants this year are expected to establish more than 13,300 acres and improve more than 270,000 additional acres of longleaf pine habitat across the longleaf pine’s historical range. Grantees will provide educational and technical assistance related to longleaf restoration to more than 5,500 private landowners, with an anticipated 360 landowners entering into stewardship programs on private lands.

The grants will support conservation work in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. A complete list of the 2017 grants made through the Longleaf Stewardship Fund is available here.

Congratulations to the awardees!  For a copy of the full announcement, click here.