The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust received a $100,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and International Paper. We and our partners will protect 200 acres of privately owned working forests and natural areas with conservation easements. These protected areas will let wildlife flourish and replenish 40 million liters of fresh water to aquifers and streams. This project will highlight how ecosystems are safeguarded through protected forested lands, including recharging community drinking water resources.

A Hemlock infested with Woolly Adelgid blight

A Hemlock infested with Woolly Adelgid blight

The specifics of the project include restoring 50 acres of riparian forests with bottomland hardwood species and treating 109 acres of hemlock forests to curb the woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect. In addition, we will also host a landowner workshop on shortleaf pine ecosystem restoration and the protection of lands through conservation easements and habitat management.

This grant is part of the $725,000 that was awarded to conservation organizations from around the South. “These monies will help protect and enhance critical forest landscapes, improve management of private and public forests, and restore populations of at-risk wildlife and plant species,” said Eric Schwaab, vice president for NFWF’s conservation programs.

“We are very excited to receive this grant and look forward to working with our partners on forest restoration and letting land owners know how they can preserve their land for the next generation,” said Katherine Eddins, executive director for the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust.