Published Dec 18, 2014
We have good news from our friends with the U.S. Forest Service and a spectrum of partners who collaborated to help restore close to 6,000 acres in the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, through the Grandfather Restoration Project over the past year.
Grandfather District Ranger Nick Larson said, "I commend our partners for their ongoing hard work and dedication to the Grandfather Restoration Project. This year's accomplishments illustrate the power of leveraged resources and how great things can be achieved when diverse partners collaborate in a single landscape."
The Grandfather Restoration Project is a 10-year effort that increases prescribed burning and other management practices on 40,000 acres of the Grandfather Ranger District.
The project is restoring the fire-adapted forest ecosystems, benefiting a variety of native plants and wildlife, increasing stream health, controlling non-native species and protecting hemlocks against hemlock woolly adelgids.
In fiscal year 2014, the Grandfather Restoration Project established forest vegetation on 44 acres, improved forest vegetation on 339 acres, restored or enhanced 5,345 acres of terrestrial habitat and 2.5 miles of stream habitat. The Project also treated for invasive species on 135 acres, restored watershed health on two acres, maintained or improved 50 miles of trails, and reduced hazardous fuels on 3,439 acres.
Grandfather Project partners made these contributions in fiscal year 2014:
A critical component of the Grandfather Restoration Project is monitoring the effectiveness of restoration management practices. Partners monitor all aspects of the project, from prescribed burning to invasive species treatment effectiveness.
Monitoring efforts following prescribed burns show a 90 percent reduction in evergreen shrub cover (hazardous fuels), as well as an increase in wildlife use and diversity. Invasive species monitoring shows 70 percent average effectiveness in killing target plant species during initial treatments.
"The Grandfather Ranger District and its partners are making great progress toward our restoration goals, treating more than 18,000 acres since the start of the project," said Larson.
We are grateful to all who took part in the Grandfather Project. Including:
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