​Golden-winged warbler 
  • Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program

    The Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program restores and sustains healthy forests, rivers and streams that provide habitat for diverse native bird and aquatic populations. The program supports projects in portions of the Appalachian regions of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

    The program aims to:

    • ​Improve the management of public and private forestlands in order to create mixed-aged forests that support a diversity of bird and wildlife species, especially targeting golden-winged warbler, wood thrush and cerulean warbler 
    • Bolster populations of eastern brook trout, eastern hellbender and native freshwater mussels by removing barriers to fish passage, restoring riparian and in-stream habitat, and improving water quality and hydrology

    Since 2017, the Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program has awarded more than $3.1 million in funding to 24 projects to enhance forest age and structural diversity, improve aquatic habitats and restore streamside forests. Grantees are providing more than $4 million in match for a total conservation impact of more than $7.1 million.

    Major funding  for the Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Forest Foundation and Shell.


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  • (Updated: 8/28/2019)

  • (Updated: 8/28/2019)


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