This project involved the restoration of marginal farm land that in the past was used for agricultural row crop production. This site was farmed wetlands that were subject to frequent floodings, which reduced the crop production potential. American Forests, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, planted 32,375 mixed bottomland hardwood species on eleven plots totaling 64 acres. Seedlings were produced from locally collected seed in cooperation with 12 school groups. This planting will provide additional habitat as bottomland hardwood forest, wildlife corridors, riparian zones, and wetland buffer zones. Reforestation of this area is expected to benefit Indiana bats, Copper bellied water snakes, American Bald Eagles, swamp rabbits, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and neo-tropical migrants. The area will also be available for recreation.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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