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FLA awarded $100,000 grant for engaging large timberland owners in longleaf restoration and at-risk
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FLA awarded $100,000 grant for engaging large timberland owners in longleaf restoration and at-risk species conservation

The Forest Landowners Association (FLA) has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to engage large, private timberland owners in ongoing efforts to increase and improve coordination among federal and state agencies to engage working forests landowners in longleaf restoration and the conservation of at-risk species.

A primary objective of the grant is to ensure at-risk species determinations do not discourage timberland owners from planting longleaf pine stands. Instead, the goal is that through collaboration and better understanding of the management of working forests, a pathway that encourages large timberland owners to plant longleaf pine stands can be developed. This pathway would balance at-risk species regulations, forest management objectives and the economic interests of the private landowner.


“As the Fish and Wildlife Service continues to make determinations on 412 at-risk species in the Southeast, it is vital that timberland owners are engaged in the process and that there is an understanding of the role longleaf pine stands play in a working forest from an economic, conservation and societal perspective,” said Melinda Gable, vice president of stewardship initiatives for FLA. “The focus is on building that understanding and collaboration between timberland owners, the Fish and Wildlife Service and NGOs to achieve the restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem, while also maintaining economic opportunity and providing regulatory assurances.”

Both the economic value of working forests and the biological uniqueness of the region underscore the importance of this initiative and its goals. FLA represents just the kind of timberland owner America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative must engage to make gains in reaching the important goal of growing longleaf pine inventories to 8 million acres.

The FLA will use Timber Talks and Forest Forums to build awareness and interest in the program in three states (Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana) with a goal of engaging large timberland owners willing to undertake restoration or recovery projects that fit within their current management plan. These projects will be used to show the various pathways by which longleaf pine ecosystems can be restored while also preserving the economic opportunity so vital to the landowner.

NFWF’s grant requires a financial match, and the FLA is actively raising matching funds so that work towards the project objectives can begin. Those interested in supporting this work are encouraged to contact Melinda Gable at


About the Longleaf Stewardship Fund
The grant is administered through NFWF’s Longleaf Stewardship Fund, a landmark public-private partnership that includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and private funding from Southern Company, International Paper’s Forestland S
tewards Initiative, and Altria Group. The fund, now in its fifth year, combines the financial and technical resources of the partnership to accelerate restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem and implementation of the Range-Wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf Pine as part of America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative.







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