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: Harris, Crawford, Peach, Houston, Bibb, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Baldwin, Hancock, Washington, Glascock, Jefferson, Burke, Richmond, and Appling. While we will emphasize these counties, provision of services will not be limited to this selection.

Habitat Management Tools of the Trade: Drip Torch

By: Evan Wheeler, Private Lands Biologist Early succession plant communities dominated by grasses and forbs provide a critical habitat component for a variety of wildlife species in the Southeastern United States. However, fire suppression efforts, accompanied by land...

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Habitat Management Tools of the Trade: Wedge Prism

By: Evan Wheeler Wedge prisms are used to estimate the basal area (total cross-sectional area of tree stems in a forest stand [usually presented in ft2/acre]) of a forest stand and are readily available to private landowners and managers for a cost of about $33-90....

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GWF Private Lands Stewardship Program is ON THE GROUND

The GWF Private Lands Biologist is now available to provide AT NO COST land management assistance to landowners in focal counties in central Georgia. Given the importance of active management in developing and maintaining quality wildlife habitat, the GWF Biologist...

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GWF Hires Biologist for Private Lands Program

GWF is excited to announce that Evan Wheeler, Private Lands Biologist, has joined our team to provide forestry and wildlife habitat management technical assistance to landowners in central Georgia. Evan earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife Sciences at Auburn...

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