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Multistate Sandhills Ecological Restoration Project: AL, FL, GA, and SC
Vernon Compton , The Longleaf Alliance
Abstract: Wildlife habitats associated with deep, well-drained, sandy soils, covered by a sparse herbaceous understory and dominated by a longleaf pine overstory, collectively identified as sandhills, have been identified as high priorities in the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plans (CWCP) of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Florida’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan lists sandhill as a very highly threatened habitat within the state. In addition to being a primary habitat of the gopher tortoise, sandhill habitats are vital to over 50 species of animals identified as Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in Florida’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan. Many properties containing sandhill habitats, whether on federal, state, or private lands, are, due to the lack of past management, in great need of ecological restoration. Many public and private land managers lack the resources to conduct the large-scale management efforts necessary to return natural fire to these lands in a timely manner and may also need assistance with other restoration activities. This project will enhance restoration on public and private lands by providing additional resources to meet sandhill restoration goals and will significantly improve habitat quality, quantity, and connectivity for sandhill-associated species. The project will significantly increase the quality and quantity of habitat for 42 SGCN wildlife species on 16,655 acres of sandhill habitat in Florida. It is anticipated to result in extensive and immediate ecological restoration of sandhill habitats in Florida and both short-term and long-term benefits to 42 SGCN in the state due to improvements in habitat quality and connectivity. The project is a part of a larger multistate sandhill restoration effort that is expected to have a large impact on habitat quality and connectivity for the gopher tortoise and other sandhill-associated species in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Award Matching Funds Total
$237,143.00 $146,037.00 $383,180.00
Year Funded Starting Date Ending Date
2009 11/9/2009 12/31/2012

Location: Statewide

Final report