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  • Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program

    The Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program was established in 2017 to restore and sustain healthy forests, wetlands, rivers and streams that provide habitat for diverse native bird and freshwater fish populations in the Central Appalachian-Allegheny Plateau landscape. The program supports projects throughout the Appalachian regions of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

    The goals of the program are to:

    • ​Improve the management of public and private forestlands to enhance age and structural diversity of forests in the region. Restoration of a mosaic of forest seral stages will provide habitat conditions supporting a diversity of bird species including those dependent on young, complex mature, and late successional forest.
    • Improve the quality of habitat in river and stream systems, including restoring fish passage and improving access to high-quality upstream habitat; restoring stream and floodplain function; and reducing polluted runoff from developed and agricultural lands.
    • Restore the integrity and complexity of riparian forests that provide important edge habitat and wildlife corridors, and also are essential to protecting the quality of freshwater systems.

    In 2017 the program awarded over $1.7 million in funding to 15 projects that will enhance forest age and structural diversity, improve aquatic habitats and restore streamside forests for the benefit of species including American woodcock, golden-winged warbler, cerulean warbler, eastern hellbender and eastern brook trout. The grants were matched by over $1.9 million from grantees for a total conservation impact of over $3.6 million.

    Key partners in the effort are the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the American Forest Foundation and Shell Oil Company.

 

 Application Information

 
  • (Updated: 5/17/2018)

 

 Program Information

 
  • (Updated: 12/18/2017)

  • (Updated: 12/18/2017)

 

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