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Partnership to Restore At-Risk Wildlife Habitat and Support the Southern Forest Economy

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the American Forest Foundation (AFF) announced the launch of the Southern Woods for At-Risk Wildlife Partnership (Partnership), which will help Southern family forest owners protect at-risk wildlife, while at the same time encouraging sustainable wood production.

In 2016, AFF released the Southern Wildlife At Risk: Family Forest Owners Offer a Solution report, which found that family forest owners, which own nearly 60 percent of the forests across the South, are key to ensuring the sustainability of these woodlands. According to the report, 87 percent of landowners surveyed said that protecting and improving wildlife habitats is the top reason they own land. Seventy-two percent have already conducted one or more forest practices for wildlife, and 73 percent stated they want to do more in the future.

In response to this, AFF launched a series of projects across the South, including southeastern North Carolina, to help landowners overcome barriers to management, and address some of the major threats impacting wildlife habitat and forest health such as invasive species, drought, and watershed management. 

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