USA -(Ammoland.com)- The U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Region has joined the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) in efforts to restore wild bobwhite quail at the landscape level.
The new memorandum of understanding formalizes existing efforts on five national forests in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Mississippi.
“The Forest Service is already working with us—and five state agencies—to create bobwhite focal areas,” said NBCI Director Don McKenzie. “Every project on behalf of bobwhites on national forests creates another source population for adjacent lands, and allows the public and landowners to observe bobwhites and see what it takes to return them to America’s landscape.”
The new agreement also provides a path for additional efforts at other national forests in the region, as well as on private lands whose owners are engaged with the federal agency in management activities.
In conjunction with the respective states, NBCI will serve as a consultant on grasslands habitat design and development, and assessment of project progress.
“The Southern Region is proud to partner with the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative to enhance and restore the habitat used by bobwhite quail and other grassland species,” said Micah Thorning, the Forest Service’s regional wildlife program manager. “We are enthusiastic …Read the Rest