On September 25, 2017, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced that Sewanee’s Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and the Integrated Program in the Environment have been awarded a $150,000 grant to conduct shortleaf pine restoration on the Domain in partnership with the Forest Stewards Guild, Berea College, and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. In 2017, eight grants were awarded through the Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund, a public-private partnership between NFWF, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, International Paper’s Forestland Stewards partnership, Altria Group and the American Forest Foundation's Southern Woods for At-Risk Wildlife partnership. This is the fifth year the fund has administered grant awards.
“The 2017 grants from the Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund represent a continued commitment to restoring forest and freshwater habitats in one of the most biodiverse regions of the country,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO at NFWF. “The investments made through this public-private partnership will benefit a range of wildlife, including bobwhite quail, wild turkey, fish, crayfish and mussels.”
The projects supported by the 2017 grants are expected to establish more than 2,000 new acres and enhance an additional 6,800 existing acres of shortleaf pine habitat. Projects also will establish and enhance more than 1,000 acres of riparian forest and improve more than 250 miles of stream habitat.
For more details, contact Amy Turner, Sewanee’s OESS director (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Ken Smith, assistant dean of Environmental Programs (email@example.com). Further information about the Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund can be found here.