Project Name: Louisiana Bottomland Hardwoods Restoration
Location: East Carroll Parish, LA
Number of Trees: 20,000
The United States has close to 800 million acres of grazing land (forested, cropland and grassland), which is almost 30 percent of America’s land area. Unfortunately for our forests and the species that rely upon them, some of this land used to be continuous forest. This has resulted in the creation of forest fragments.
While birds and other wildlife species may build their nests or homes in a small patch of woods, the space they need to survive is much larger. Hundreds of acres are needed for them to forage for food, hide from predators and maintain their territories. Therefore, when a portion of the forest becomes pastureland for agricultural purposes, an area that used to be habitable isn’t anymore. Recent studies have shown that while forest fragments might be good for snakes — which need access to both the sun and shade — and deer, they aren’t good for birds and other species who rely on forest cover for protection from predators.
To help protect wildlife habitat and restore forest ecosystems, many of American Forests’ projects work to reconnect fragmented forest landscapes across the country, including one in northeast Louisiana. Working with the National Wild Turkey Federation, approximately 40 acres of former pastureland in northeast Louisiana will be planted with 20,000 bottomland hardwoods to reconnect the area’s forest and improve habitat for neo-tropical migrant birds, various mammals and a variety of reptiles and amphibians.
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