In the summer of 2015, members of the South Atlantic LCC submitted a successful proposal to the Department of Interior Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program. In addition to the strong partner relationships within the cooperative, the Conservation Blueprint (a living spatial plan for regional conservation priorities) and underlying ecosystem indicators helped secure almost $800,000 in the first year of the program alone! The funds will support prescribed burning in priority longleaf pine focus areas across the South Atlantic region. Staff, training, and aerial support will be anchored around key longleaf refuges and parks, maintaining and restoring prescribed fire not just on federal lands, but on nearby state, private, and non-profit lands as well. This project will benefit the fire-dependent longleaf pine ecosystem, including many rare species like the red-cockaded woodpecker. The South Atlantic indicators also serve as shared measures of the project’s success, demonstrating the impact of the burns on the overall integrity of the pine and prairie system.
Blueprint brings new longleaf fire funds
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