In cooperation with the Forest Service, American Forests planted 7,000 red oak seedlings on 35 acres in the Daniel Boone National Forest on the Bell Farm site. This site is within a state designated Wild and Scenic River corridor in Kentucky. As a result, formerly grazed bottomland will serve as enhanced habitat for several Federally listed threatened and endangered species, including the Black-sided dace, fresh water mussel, snail darter, Indiana bat, and red-cockaded woodpecker. Reforestation will also improve the water quality of water draining from the abandoned fields, which in turn improves stream quality and reduces sediment entering the stream.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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