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.

Hodges Farm Learn n’ Burn

Click the button below to be taken to the registration page for the Hodges Farm Learn n’ Burn.

Longleaf Pine Cost Share

 Longleaf Pine Cost Share application period has closed; all applicant slots have been filled. Check back again next planting season.


Private Lands Wildlife Habitat Technical Assistance

Georgia Wildlife Federation’s wildlife biologist Dr. JT Pynne is available to provide AT-NO-COST forestry and wildlife habitat management technical assistance to landowners in central Georgia. He will 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, this program emphasizes establishment, management and maintenance of longleaf pine. This effort expresses the importance of wildlife habitat that occurs within longleaf pine systems.

Historically, longleaf pine covered much of the southern portion of Georgia (green in the map below). Restoration of longleaf has already 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 several counties as highest priority (see map below). 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 JT Pynne at or fill out the survey at the bottom of the page to see what the GWF private lands program can do for you.

Please fill out the form below for more information or to register for a property visit.

Secret Life of S’mammals

A conversation between two small mammal researchers: Dr. JT Pynne (Georgia Wildlife Federation) and Ivy Yen (PhD Student at the University of Maine).   Most plants grow from seeds, but how do those seeds get there? Seed dispersal is the method by which plants spread...

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Stinky Handstands and Other Eastern Spotted Skunk Facts

By Emma Alligood and Dr. JT Pynne The eastern spotted skunk, Spilogale putorious, is a once prevalent species throughout the eastern US and Midwest. Now, the species population is down more than 90% due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and land use change. Sightings...

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Prescribed Fire Benefits Bees

By: Dr. JT Pynne What do you think of when someone says pollinators? It may conjure up images of butterflies floating around a bush full of flowers, or honey bees buzzing away from a hive. These examples are great, but many different taxa are pollinators, including...

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