Private Lands Stewardship Program

Private Lands Stewardship Program

Longleaf Pine

Our program for restoring wildlife habitat and longleaf pine on Private Lands in Georgia 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:

  • Etablishment 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

Additionally, given the range-wide ecological importance of longleaf pine restoration, we will be emphasizing establishment, management and maintenance of longleaf pine and the wildlife habitat within longleaf pine systems.

Historically, longleaf pine covered much of the southern portion of Georgia (see the green in the map below). Restoration of longleaf has created excellent wildlife habitat on many private lands. In response to partner interests and to best complement existing programs 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 for longleaf pine and prescribed fire, 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, or establishing and managing longleaf pine, 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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