Private Lands Stewardship Program

Private Lands Stewardship Program

Longleaf Pine

The “Restoring Wildlife Habitat and Longleaf Pine on Private Lands in Georgia” project is supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Longleaf Stewardship Fund in partnership with Southern Company, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and USDA Forest Service.

The Georgia Wildlife Federation is excited to announce that Evan Wheeler, Private Lands Biologist, has joined our team to provide AT-NO-COST forestry and wildlife habitat management technical assistance to landowners in central Georgia. He will be available to perform One-on-One site visits with landowners to assess land condition and landowner objectives and then provide management recommendations for:

  • Establishment of new forest stands
  • Prescribed fire planning
  • Identification of plant species valuable for wildlife and methods for promotion
  • Identification of problematic plant species and methods for control
  • General silvicultural suggestions for stand enhancement that will enhance wildlife habitat quality

Given the range-wide ecological importance of longleaf pine restoration, we will be emphasizing:

  • Establishing New Longleaf Pine Stands
  • Enhancing Wildlife Habitat Quality in Existing Longleaf Pine Stands
  • Encouraging and Facilitating Long-Term Dedication to Longleaf Pine Management and Ecosystem Restoration

In response to partner interests, and in order to best complement existing programs in promoting longleaf pine restoration and wildlife habitat enhancement in Georgia, we have identified the following counties as highest priority: Troup, Harris, Meriwether, Quitman, Stewart, Webster, Upson, Sumter, Crawford, Peach, Macon, Dooly, Crisp, Bleckley, Houston, Bibb, Twiggs, Pulaski, Wilcox, Wilkinson, Baldwin, Laurens, Dodge, Hancock, Washington, Johnson, Glascock, Jefferson, Emanuel, Burke, Jenkins, Bulloch, Screven, Effingham, Richmond, and Appling, . While we will emphasize these counties, provision of services will not be limited to this selection.

Know your land, understand the wildlife. For more information on enhancing wildlife habitat on your property, contact Dr. JT Pynne at

Hunting, Fishing, and Habitat: Late Winter and Early Spring

“A brief discussion of some key opportunities to increase year-round wildlife habitat quality and maximize outdoor opportunities between deer season and turkey season.” By Evan Wheeler, GWF Private Lands Biologist 11 February 2021 White-tailed deer season has to come...

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Find the Food and Find the Deer: Keying in on Soft Mast

By Evan Wheeler, GWF Private Lands Biologist As archery season for white-tailed deer approaches, deer hunters throughout Georgia are eagerly anticipating getting into the woods to swat mosquitos, pick off ticks, and hopefully send some arrows into flight! However,...

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