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Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund

The Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund is dedicated to restoring native forests to conditions that will improve associated wildlife species and the health of freshwater systems, while advancing strategies to support working forests within the Cumberland Plateau.


​Stretching from northwest Alabama to the Kentucky-West Virginia border, the Cumberland Plateau is one of the most biologically rich landscapes in the United States. A combination of complex landforms, limestone geology, and large, intact blocks of forest habitat creates diverse terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems hosting numerous endemic and rare species.

Funding priorities for this program include:

  • Restoring and enhancing shortleaf pine/oak savanna forests on public and private lands
  • Restoring and enhancing riparian forests and freshwater habitat
  • Increasing populations of bobwhite quail and prairie warbler, as well as fish, amphibians and other aquatic species, which are keystone or umbrella species representing healthy, sustainable woodland/savanna forests and freshwater systems
  • Engaging private landowners in shortleaf pine and riparian forest outreach, training and technical assistance activities that contribute to the restoration, enhancement and wildlife objectives described above, and support working forests by demonstrating their environmental and socioeconomic benefits

The Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund is a public-private partnership supported with Federal funding from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and private funding from International Paper’s Forestland Stewards Partnership and Altria Group.

Application Information

Applicant Webinar Recording View Now
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Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund 2024 Request for Proposals View Now
Program Fact Sheet Download the PDF
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2022 Grant Slate Download the PDF
2021 Grant Slate Download the PDF
2020 Grant Slate Download the PDF
2019 Grant Slate Download the PDF
2018 Grant Slate Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Director, Southern Regional Office

Program Director, Southern Aquatic and Coastal Programs

Manager, Southern Forests

Regional Program Coordinator