Athens Land Trust
Southeast Clarke Park Restoration and Education Project (GA)
Remove invasive plants and restore 3 acres of native oak-hickory-pine habitat in a community park. Project will include direct outreach to at least 16,780 individuals on habitat restoration and employ 16 young conservation stewards and crew leaders to work over two summers to eradicate invasive plants on 15 acres of highly visible public greenspace and build a .25-mile trail that will increase educational and outdoor recreation opportunities for the community.
City of Tybee Island
City of Tybee Island Coastal Marsh and Community Resilience Adaptation (GA)
Utilize a design approach focused on the interface of engineering, hydrology, ecology and social science to enhance natural features and protections that reduce flooding impacts on critical human infrastructure and fish and wildlife habitat. Project will launch initial measures for the assessment and prioritized identification of integrated design strategies thus increasing resilience to storm and flood events.
College of William and Mary
Conserving Whimbrel Across the Western Atlantic Flyway (multiple states, Canada)
Expand on efforts to monitor declining whimbrel populations along the western Atlantic Flyway. Project will update the whimbrel conservation plan with whimbrel working group input, develop an index of reproductive performance and engage partners to establish a monitoring network, expand roost surveys during spring migration to improve protection at key sites, continue building an online shorebird roost registry, and make managers aware of roost locations to facilitate their protection.
Dunwoody Nature Center
Dunwoody Nature Center Habitat and Wetland Restoration and Education (GA)
Restore 22 acres of habitat within the Dunwoody Nature Center that includes 3 acres of natural wetlands, 2 miles of streams in the impaired Ball Mill Creek watershed and more than 15 acres of transitioning and old-growth Piedmont slope forests. Project will recruit and train 1,000 community volunteers as eco-stewards through the project’s educational focus that will also be leveraged to educate over 15,000 students that come to the grounds yearly.
Forest Landowners Association
Restoring Longleaf Pine on Large-Acreage Private Lands (GA, LA, SC)
Establish 1,500 acres of longleaf pine and improve 4,500 acres of existing longleaf forest with prescribed fire on large-acreage private lands in Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina. Project will address barriers to restoring longleaf pine on large-acreage private lands and provide technical and financial assistance to support planting and management, with a particular focus on restoring forest lands impacted by hurricanes Michael and Florence in Georgia and South Carolina.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Population Estimate and Threat Assessment of Red Knot Along the Georgia Coast
Assess the red knot population along the coast of Georgia to provide a population estimate and create a comprehensive conservation plan for the Georgia coastline. Project will provide critical data on red knot to help guide habitat management and a unified conservation plan to help assess life-cycle threats for red knots and other high-priority shorebird species.
Georgia Forestry Commission
Restoring Longleaf Forest Habitat on Private Lands in South Georgia to Benefit At-Risk Species
Restore and enhance 15,000 acres of longleaf pine on family forests to improve habitat for at-risk species in south Georgia. Project will engage and educate non-industrial private forest landowners and provide technical and financial assistance to actively manage priority habitat and improve populations of imperiled species, including gopher tortoise and eastern indigo snake.
Georgia Forestry Commission
Restoring Shortleaf Pine and Oak Habitat in the Georgia Cumberlands (GA)
Restore and enhance shortleaf pine and shortleaf pine-oak savanna habitat on private lands in northwestern Georgia, benefiting northern bobwhite, prairie warbler, pine warbler, Bachman’s sparrow and other forest- and savanna-dependent birds. Project will establish 200 acres of shortleaf pine and enhance an additional 2,000 acres of existing shortleaf pine and shortleaf pine-oak savanna habitat with prescribed burning and mid-rotation management techniques.
Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation
Testing Volatile Organic Compounds to Combat White-nose Syndrome at Black Diamond Tunnel in Georgia
Implement an integrated disease management system to increase survivorship of tri-colored bat populations affected by white-nose syndrome (WNS) at Black Diamond Tunnel in Georgia. Project will fumigate Black Diamond Tunnel with volatile organic compounds to reduce the amount of the fungus that causes WNS and compare fungal loads and bat mortality with four other significant sites that are not receiving treatment, with the goal of reducing the fungal load to zero and reducing the mortality rate by 50 percent.
Coordinating American Oystercatcher Recovery on the Atlantic Coast (multiple states)
Provide coordination of the American oystercatcher recovery initiative and actionable change based on lessons learned from 2009-2019 and reduce the impact of predators and human disturbance on populations of breeding shorebirds along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Project will contribute substantially to the goals of the Atlantic Flyway Business Plan.
National Wildlife Federation
Georgia Longleaf Stewardship on Private Lands – II
Identify and engage at least 40 landowners through wildlife and forestry technical assistance to restore and maintain longleaf pine habitat in Georgia. Project will utilize collaborative, data-driven outreach to restore and enhance 2,350 acres of longleaf pine, expanding and connecting existing longleaf forests to improve habitat for at-risk species, such as gopher tortoise, as well as game species such as wild turkey and northern bobwhite.
Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife
Implementing Innovative Technologies in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin (FL, GA)
Increase implementation of agricultural best management practices for irrigation efficiencies by providing technical and financial assistance to farmers to improve water conservation and benefit native aquatics species in the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint basin.
The Longleaf Alliance
Restoring Longleaf Pine Habitat on Public and Private Lands in the Fort Stewart/Altamaha Area (GA)
Restore 16,500 acres of longleaf pine habitat with prescribed fire and plantings on public and private lands in southeast Georgia. Project will support seasonal burn crews and technical assistance to private landowners to increase restoration on high-priority lands around Fort Stewart, benefiting gopher tortoise, northern bobwhite and other open-pine and grassland-dependent species.
The Nature Conservancy
Accelerating Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Restoration in the Chattahoochee Fall Line Area — V (AL, GA)
Accelerate longleaf pine conservation on more than 20,400 acres of public and private land in west Georgia and east Alabama, benefiting red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise and other at-risk species. Project will improve forests through silvicultural treatments and implement prescribed fire on existing and restored longleaf habitat, with activities focused on properties buffering Fort Benning, as well as high priority state and privately owned lands.
The Nature Conservancy
Expanding Longleaf Pine Restoration in the Talladega Mountains (AL, GA)
Plant 420 acres of longleaf pine and improve an additional 17,500 acres of existing longleaf habitat with prescribed fire within the Talladega Mountains Longleaf Pine Conservation Partnership area of north-central Alabama and northwest Georgia. Project will increase prescribed fire capacity with seasonal burn crews and establish longleaf on a recently acquire property adjoining the Talladega National Forest, benefiting red-cockaded woodpecker and other longleaf-dependent species.
The Nature Conservancy
Improving Fish Passage for Aquatic Organisms in the Holly Creek Watershed (GA)
Replace one culvert in the Holly Creek watershed in northwest Georgia that has ranked as either a significant or severe barrier to aquatic organism passage. Project will result in approximately 4 miles of stream habitat opened and benefit aquatic species, including the trispot darter, bridled darter, Coosa creekshell and Alabama rainbow.
The Nature Conservancy
Increasing Longleaf Pine Restoration and Management in the Okefenokee/Osceola Landscape (FL, GA)
Establish 1,000 acres of longleaf pine and improve the management of an additional 50,000 acres of longleaf habitat with prescribed fire on public and private lands in south Georgia and northeast Florida. Project will target longleaf pine establishment and improved management on lands that will maximize wildlife habitat value and connectivity and reduce the likelihood and impact of catastrophic wildfire.
South Bend Park Restoration (GA)
Restore 5 acres within South Bend Park, a 78-acre City of Atlanta park in southeast Atlanta. Project will remove 5 acres of heavily invasive kudzu and plant 400 trees and ground layer perennials to improve and protect restored natural areas and help prevent streambank erosion, as well as promote volunteerism by engaging 415 volunteers and engaging 5,125 members of the public through outreach and education.
University of Georgia Research Foundation
Development of a Planted Longleaf Pine Growth and Yield Model for the Southeast (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC)
Create a new growth and yield model system for longleaf pine that will allow more accurate growth projections for landowners considering longleaf pine reforestation who may have timber management objectives. Project will establish, document and measure permanent plots in planted unthinned longleaf pine stands on cut-over sites in the southeast United States, and the data will be used to calibrate a growth and yield model for multiple factors for longleaf pine.
Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Chattahoochee River Water Quality and Habitat Improvement Project on Crayfish Creek (GA)
Restore and stabilize 500 feet of impaired streambank at Crayfish Creek to improve water quality and wild trout habitat. Project will engage 300 volunteers to remove trash and debris, including two abandoned culverts, restore riparian forest by removing invasive plant species, plant 1,000 native trees and shrubs, and engage 150 K-12 students in educational programming.