clear
Sunday February 7th, 2016 12:52AM

Southeast forest preservation projects announced

By The Associated Press
AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) Lawmakers, businesspeople, conservationists and plain folks gathered Thursday as additional projects in a five-year effort to restore 200,000 acres of forestland in the Southeast were announced.

Earlier this year, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper announced formation of the Forestland Stewards Initiative funded with a $7.5 million grant from the paper company. The initiative is granting money to restore and maintain forestlands in eight southeastern states from the Carolinas to Texas.

On Thursday, the initiative announced $350,000 will go to conservation groups and federal partners in the Carolinas. Those projects include increasing the management of longleaf pine in and around the Francis Marion National Forest northeast of Charleston. They also call for planting more than 1,200 acres of longleaf pine seedlings and enhancing more than 8,000 acres of longleaf pine habitat in the Cape Fear area of North Carolina.

Other first-year projects include restoration of shortleaf pine habitat in Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana as well as longleaf pine habitat restoration in East Texas.

Over the five years, the grants will go to maintaining forests in three areas. They include the coastal plain of the Carolinas and the southern Cumberland Plateau running from Kentucky through Tennessee and into northern Alabama and Georgia. The third area is the piney woodlands in Louisiana and east Texas.

Projects include such things as managing forestlands with controlled burns and purchasing seedlings for planting.

John Faraci, the chairman and CEO of International Paper, the largest forest products company in the world, said that maintaining forests is important both for the economy and recreation.

``Although we don't own forests in North America any longer, forest lands have been part of our DNA for the last 115 years and we're not in business without them,'' he said.

He added that the $7.5 million provided by the company is expected to generate another $22.5 million through matches and contributions from government agencies and conservation groups.

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., said forests are about more than trees and lumber.

``While pine trees are important, it's also about the human habitat and creating a variety of different experiences and having time to step away from the busyness of our lives and experience solitude,'' he said.

State Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Charleston, said conservation is about saving the world's last great wild places whether be they places like nearby Winyah Bay or the Congaree Swamp National Park near Columbia.

``Our goal in preserving should be that man may enter nature's sanctuary, and he should, but his entrances should be an incursion and not a conquest,'' he said.
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
S&P 500 index has its best year since 1997
The stock market closed out a record year with more all-time highs on Tuesday, giving U.S. indexes their biggest annual gains in almost two decades.
6:56PM ( 2 years ago )
Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.
1:52PM ( 2 years ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 2 years ago )
U.S. News
Missing Ga. bank director arrested in Brunswick
A bank director accused of losing millions of investors' dollars before vanishing last year was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in a city in south Georgia.
7:00PM ( 2 years ago )
Amtrak to suspend some Crescent service in Jan., Feb.
Amtrak service will shut down in parts of the Southeast for several days in January and February for rail maintenance by Norfolk Southern Railway.
9:00AM ( 2 years ago )
Lung cancer scans urged for some smokers, not all
Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation's top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday - even as they stressed that the tests aren't for everyone.
7:26AM ( 2 years ago )
Business News
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 2 years ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Victim critical following apartment fire
A 41-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after being rescued from an apartment fire in Forsyth County late Monday afternoon.
3:16PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Search for Missouri couple wanted for crimes across the South, including Ga., ends with one suspect dead and the other wounded
A weeklong search for a Missouri couple wanted in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended with one suspect dead and the other wounded Friday, after authorities say they chased the pair across the highway and through a rural neighborhood and exchanged gunfire with them in Florida's Panhandle.
By The Associated Press
9:57PM ( 1 day ago )
Cheap oil will be sticking around for a while, buoying consumers, frustrating oil producers
Cheap oil will be sticking around for a while.That reality is wreaking havoc and causing uncertainty for some governments and businesses, while creating financial windfalls for others. Less expensive...
6:18PM ( 4 days ago )
Cruz (R) expected to claim conservative Iowa caucus victory, with Clinton (D) and Sanders (D) deadlocked among liberal vote
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz swept to victory in Iowa's Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were deadlocked in a tight race.
By The Associated Press
10:55PM ( 5 days ago )
America, its politics in flux as voting begins
On the eve of the first contest on the 2016 presidential election calendar, some voters are pushing for bolder, more uncompromising action, with an intensity that has shaken both the Republican and Democratic establishments.
By The Associated Press
9:00PM ( 6 days ago )
Piedmont College biology professor says getting rid of mosquito breeding areas key to control of Zika virus
The World Health Organization says the Zika virus is likely to spread to every area of the U.S. where the mosquito that carries it can be found - and that includes Georgia.
By Russell Brown
9:38AM ( 6 days ago )