Providing Actionable and Accessible Conservation Recommendations for Loggers, Foresters, and Landowners Across the State of Georgia
Why this Project Matters
Forests account for 67% of Georgia’s total land area. These forest lands are being sustainably managed to meet the numerous needs of the state today, while ensuring resource availability in the future. But there are challenges to this bright future. Consider, for example, that 751 of Georgia’s native plant species are of “special concern.” Some are critically endangered with no protection by law, even on state or federal land. The populations are rapidly dwindling and could become extinct if conservation actions do not occur quickly, according to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia.
How This Project Will Influence Biodiversity Conservation in Georgia
The Georgia SFI Implementation Committee will leverage ongoing biodiversity conservation analysis to create targeted, professionally designed digital media products to summarize major findings. These summaries will include recommendations for conservation measures that will benefit the highest-priority Forests of Exceptional Conservation Value in Georgia. The grant will also support a library to target landowner and wood supplier audiences. The grant will develop regionally specific outreach and education tools, including online factsheets and information packets, tailored to specific regions. The materials will present targeted, engaging forest management recommendations that will be incorporated seamlessly into existing training programs and websites.
The SFI Community Grant Program and the Georgia SFI Implementation Committee are supporting this project.
This partnership includes state natural resources officials and an SFI-certified organization.
- Project lead: Georgia SFI Implementation Committee
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative
- Georgia Department of Natural Resources
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