RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 3, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has finalized an agreement with the National Forests in North Carolina that allows the two agencies to collaborate on projects to improve wildlife habitat -- the first Master Stewardship Agreement in the nation between the U.S. Forest Service and a state agency.
“We are thrilled to join in this partnership that will allow proceeds from timber management to go back on the ground, into projects that improve wildlife habitat,” said Mallory Martin, deputy director of the Wildlife Resources Commission. “This agreement will allow our two agencies to collaborate early on to explore the best possible use of funds to benefit North Carolina’s wildlife resources.”
Stewardship projects can include wildlife habitat improvement projects, prescribed burns to improve forest health, watershed restoration or management and control of non-native invasive weeds and insects. Stewardship funds can be spent on resource improvement projects anywhere across the forest as previously determined within the collaborative process rather than being limited to the vicinity of the timber sale.
For more information on Stewardship Agreements, see the Forest Service’s website at www.fs.usda.gov and search keyword “stewardship.” For more information on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, visit www.ncwildlife.org.