Illinois Corn Growers Association
Increasing Adoption of Voluntary Conservation Practices on Private Lands (IL, KY)
Address natural resource concerns on a field-by-field basis by identifying conservation practices that effectively address environmental issues in a financially viable way throughout Illinois and Kentucky. Project will prevent 95 tons of nutrient pollution and 6,375 tons of sediment from entering the system annually by increasing best management practices on 33,000 acres.
Kentucky Association for Environmental Education
Regional Environmental Education Landscape Analysis for the Southeastern States (KY)
Conduct a landscape analysis for each of the eight southeast states that focuses on identifying the potential collaborators, key players, and initiatives in that state as well as determining opportunities are on the horizon for best practices to have the biggest impact. Project will collect research, data and best practices from other states and similar systems to provide the tools and provide recommendations for the southeast region.
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation
Revising the Lower Mississippi Desired Forest Condition for Wildlife Report (multiple states)
Update the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture’s Desired Forest Condition for Wildlife report, which provides technical guidance to land managers on how to manage bottomland hardwood forests for the conservation of wildlife. Project will revise the report to integrate new science on the habitat needs of priority wildlife species, include updates from the Forest Resource Conservation Working Group, and add a section dedicated to the management of restored or young bottomland hardwood stands.
Mississippi River Trust
Forest and Wetlands Restoration and Management in the Mississippi River Basin (KY, MO, TN)
Restore and enhance privately-owned upland, riparian and bottomland hardwood forests through technical and financial assistance within the Mississippi River Basin in Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee. Project will engage private landowners to implement conservation practices on 3,000 acres to improve forest health, reduce forest fuels, improve water quality and improve ecological functions, benefiting forest birds, waterfowl and aquatic species.
Mississippi River Trust
Forested Wetland Restoration in the Lower Mississippi River Floodplain (multiple states)
Reforest and protect frequently flooded, marginal cropland on private lands through the adoption of Wetland Reserve Easements in the active floodplain of the Lower Mississippi River. Project will establish 7,500 acres of bottomland hardwood forest to expand and enhance habitat and improve water quality, benefiting the Louisiana black bear, swamp rabbit, forest birds, waterfowl and freshwater fish.
Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves
Building Partnerships to Restore Woodlands and Improve Water Quality in the Cumberland Plateau (KY)
Restore shortleaf pine-oak and riparian forests and implement agricultural best management practices to improve wildlife habitat and water quality within the Cumberland Plateau region in Kentucky. Project will improve forest and farmland management on nearly 1,000 acres of public and private land, restore reclaimed mineland, and treat the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid to protect 5 miles of riparian forest, benefiting Indiana bats, northern bobwhite, and freshwater fishes and mussels.