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15, 2014 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS), on
behalf of the Texas Longleaf Pine Implementation Team, announced today that
funding is now available to private landowners to conserve and increase the
total acreage of longleaf pine within Texas.
funding, provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and
International Paper (NYSE: IP), through the Forestland Stewards Initiative, a
partnership of NFWF and International Paper, was granted to conserve and
restore southern forestlands representing some of America’s most iconic natural
Texas Longleaf Pine Implementation Team, including TFS and partner
organizations, will restore and enhance approximately 5,000 acres of existing
longleaf along the Central to Southeast Texas corridor. The project aims to
educate private landowners on longleaf ecology and related resources and
provide targeted technical assistance to engage landowners in available
longleaf stewardship programs.
longleaf pine ecosystem provides critical habitat for endangered wildlife and
economic opportunities for local communities. This native ecosystem, once
spanning over 92 million acres across the southern United States, now covers
approximately 4.3 million acres.
“The contributions made by IP and NFWF through
the Forestland Stewards Initiative will go a long way to restoring one of the
most critical and diverse forest ecosystems within the state of Texas,” Hughes
Simpson, project manager for the Texas longleaf conservation grant, said. “The
forest sector contributes $27 billion dollars to the Texas economy annually.
This project will add to that contribution, while providing critical habitat to
endangered plant and animal species in Texas, resulting in healthy, working
$650,000 in grants to support forestland restoration and working forests
throughout the Piney Woods on the Louisiana-Texas border will be shared with
the National Wild Turkey Federation in Louisiana.
interested in restoring and enhancing longleaf pine on their property can apply
for financial assistance at http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/longleaf or by contacting TFS at 979-458-6650
or their local TFS office. Funding is currently available to assist with costs
associated with site preparation, tree planting, prescribed burning and forest
stand improvement activities in Angelina, Jasper, Newton, Sabine and Tyler
Hughes Simpson, TFS Program Coordinator
II, 979-458-6658, firstname.lastname@example.org
Southeast Region, 202-595-2609, email@example.com
Forest Service Communications, 979-458-6606, firstname.lastname@example.org
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