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Alabama Wildlife and National Wildlife Federation Hold First Fire Workshop
On May 1st, over twenty landowners and professionals attended Alabama Wildlife Federation’s workshop and field day in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, Prescribed Fire as a Wildlife Management Tool in Longleaf Pine, in Andalusia, Alabama.
Many landowners and forestry professionals are interested in learning more about using fire to improve habitat for wildlife in forests, as controlled burns create ideal habitats for rich wildlife communities including species such as gopher tortoises, white-tailed deer, and quail. Prescribed fires are beneficial in certain landscapes because these fires provide forage and habitat for wildlife, as well as promote the growth of trees, wildflowers and other various plants.
The first workshop was a great event met with interest and enthusiasm by many! Throughout the classroom and field components of the workshop, participants explored:
- Benefits of prescribed fire to wildlife
- Fire history in the southeast
- Intelligent applications of fire
- Financial assistance programs available to landowners
The workshop was hosted by the Longleaf Alliance at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center and included speakers from AWF, the Longleaf Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, Auburn University and Natural Resource Conservation Service.
This workshop was made possible by the Longleaf Stewardship Fund by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation partnership with Southern Company. This project provides AWF staff, Kyle Marable and Claude Jenkins, with the opportunity to work individually with landowners on longleaf pine management as well as to provide educational opportunities such as workshops and field days. The second workshop in the series will occur on May 15, 2015 in Autaugaville, Alabama.
Learn more about NWF’s Southeast Forestry Program that works to restore longleaf pine for wildlife and people.