South Carolina

Canaan Valley Institute
Coordinating Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Strategies and Goals (multiple states)
Continue the activities of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture in the historic range of the species. Project will refine the strategic objectives and key conservation priorities of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture using the results of the recently completed status assessment of wild brook trout at the catchment scale.

Chesterfield County
Advancing Longleaf Pine Restoration on Private Lands in the South Carolina Sandhills Region
Establish and improve 3,200 acres of longleaf pine forest on private lands in Chesterfield and Darlington counties, South Carolina, which will benefit northern bobwhite, Bachman’s sparrow and southern hognose snake. Project will utilize geospatial data to improve outreach to high priority landowners, provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners to restore and maintain longleaf pine and increase prescribed burning capacity with a burn specialist.

Managing American Oystercatchers and Minimizing Coastal Engineering Impacts Along the Atlantic Coast (multiple states)
Coordinate the American oystercatcher recovery initiative, implement best management practices for disturbance and predation management along the U.S. Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast of Florida and develop long-term improvements in coastal engineering protocols to restore habitats critical to focal shorebird species. Project will support the goals of the Atlantic Flyway Business Plan by creating a framework for long-term protection, restoration and creation of shorebird habitat at key sites.

North Carolina State University
Expanding Prescribed Fire Delivery to Restore Southeast Forests (multiple states)
Expand and accelerate the implementation of prescribed fire to restore and enhance longleaf pine habitat and other fire dependent forest and grassland communities within the Southeast. Project will engage landowners, including underserved landowners and fire practitioners through technical assistance, training and outreach to increase the use of prescribed fire.

Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Planning for Coastal Resilience through an Innovative Design Approach to Capacity Building (GA, NC, SC)
Identify, assess and build regional teams to address hydrologic connectivity threats resulting from inadequate culvert structures in tidal systems. Project will focus on surveying, assessing and prioritizing sites with key regional partners from diverse backgrounds and aims to build a community of practice in each region to further aquatic conservation and community resiliency.

The Longleaf Alliance
Coordinating Local Implementation Team Capacity and Landowner Technical Assistance and Outreach – V (multiple states)
Improve and sustain coordination and exchange of information among 18 multi-partner local implementation teams that organize, plan and deliver conservation actions to restore and enhance the longleaf pine ecosystem. Project will support strategic on-the-ground restoration through conservation planning, as well as tracking and communication of longleaf pine restoration accomplishments.

The Longleaf Alliance
Conserving Longleaf Forests, Wildlife Habitat and Water Resources through Innovative Partnerships (FL, GA, LA, SC, TX)
Restore and enhance 5,000 acres of longleaf pine habitat within priority drinking water supply watersheds in the Southeast. Project will build partnerships between forestry and conservation organizations, landowners and drinking water supply utilities and provide private landowners with technical and financial assistance to restore and enhance longleaf pine habitat, protecting drinking water supplies and benefiting the gopher frog and other at-risk forested-wetland dependent species.

The Nature Conservancy
Sewee Longleaf Restoration and Enhancement – III (SC)
Restore, maintain and protect more than 60,000 acres of longleaf pine habitat on public and private lands in the South Carolina coastal plain, benefiting birds and imperiled amphibians. Project will deploy a seasonal fire crew to increase prescribed burning, expand private landowner engagement through a forest landowners association, protect working forests and longleaf pine habitat through voluntary conservation easements and host a fire festival to build a culture supportive of burning.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Preventing Human Disturbance of Atlantic Flyway Shorebirds – III (multiple states)
Address the threat of disturbance to red knot, American oystercatcher and whimbrel by implementing Community Based Social Marketing strategies for human disturbance reduction, developing a shorebird disturbance reduction toolkit for land managers and disseminating the results throughout the Atlantic Flyway shorebird network. Project will develop scalable conservation strategies that can be applied to change human behavior and improve shorebird survival and reproductive success.