The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) announced today the release of a new interactive website that allows visitors to see where Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill restoration projects are taking place. The Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker (DWH Project Tracker) will help maximize the effectiveness of project planning, implementation, and evaluation. The Tracker will make it easy to see who is doing what, and where.”
The Endowment’s interest in the Gulf and the tracking tool is rooted in the importance of forests and forestry to the Gulf’s restoration and resiliency and in the opportunity to focus a proven team on the project.
"Eastern North Carolina is a critical anchor for active forest management in the United States, but much of its forestland is vulnerable to economic challenges, regulations and, ultimately, conversion to other uses.
The report identifies 375,000 acres of critical conservation land on TIMO and REIT land, describes the public benefits of these lands, and discusses opportunities and challenges for retaining this land in forest use, including an analysis of working forest easement use in the South."
The Partnership for Southern Forestland Conservation (PFSFC) has been working since its inception in 2008 to find ways to better link and leverage region-wide awareness and actions to protect working forests. PFSFC has built a broad and effective coalition of forest-centric organizations that includes private landowners, the conservation community, and federal and state natural resources agencies. In fall 2010, the PFSFC adopted a broad strategy (Appendix) to accomplish its goal to conserve large blocks of working forests. The PFSFC now seeks innovative ideas and approaches for marketing and implementing this strategy in today’s economicclimate.
Elgin Air Force Base (Photo courtesy of J.J. Bachant-Brown, The Longleaf Alliance)