COLUMBIA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), along with the U.S. Forest Service and other partners, will host a Quail 101 Workshop and Tour on March 10 (Thursday) at the Whitmire Community Center in Whitmire, SC.
The event will inform landowners in Newberry and Union County, who reside within the Indian Creek priority area, of federal funding available to implement forestry management practices and restore wildlife habitat on private agricultural and forest lands.
The Indian Creek Woodland Savanna Restoration Initiative (Indian Creek Project) received funding through USDA’s Chiefs’ Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership in 2015, and aims to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where private and public lands meet. During the first phase of the Indian Creek Project, which began in 2004 in Newberry County, NRCS and conservation partners restored woodland savanna habitat on 8,300 acres of the Sumter National Forest (public land), as well as 7,700 acres of private land. The Project has now expanded into Union County during the second phase, to include landowners in the Delta area, and seeks to restore an additional 21,000 acres of public land and 19,000 acres of private land.
The workshop will include presentations from various conservation partners, such as USDA-NRCS, U.S. Forest Service, South Carolina Forestry Commission and others, about the technical and financial resources available to help them implement forest management plans and practices, such as prescribed burning, waterbar construction, tree planting and firebreaks. The workshop will also include a field tour of forest management practices on public lands. Much of the conservation work conducted on private agricultural and forest lands can significantly impact public forest and grasslands, and the Indian Creek Project seeks to encourage collaboration between both entities to increase the impact of conservation on a landscape scale.
Landowners in Newberry and Union Counties can learn more about the Indian Creek Project and how they can apply for technical and financial assistance, by visiting their local USDA Service Center. In Newberry, please contact NRCS District Conservationist Staci Henry at 803-276-1978, ext. 107. In Union, please contact NRCS District Conservationist Lisa Good at 864-984-6921, ext. 107. If you would like to attend the Quail 101 Workshop and Tour, please contact Sabrenna Bryant at 803-765-5419 or email@example.com.
This story was submitted by the US Department of Agriculture.