LEESBURG, Ga. -(Ammoland.com)- Landowners and government agencies are teaming up in southwest Georgia to conserve rare wetlands and their rarest plant species – endangered Canby’s dropwort.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded $1.19 million to restore and permanently protect 850 acres of cypress wetlands and their Canby’s dropwort populations in Lee County, just north of Albany.
The funding through the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership, known as WREP, will be used for conservation easements and ecological and hydrological restoration. Partners include local landowners, Georgia’s Natural Resources and Transportation departments, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, a group committed to conserving the state’s endangered flora.
NRCS State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph said the agency is “is excited to be a part of a true partnership in conservation with this project.”
“Working with private landowners, as well as public and private partners, to better manage the land through voluntary conservation is our goal.”
The focal site is Neyami Savanna. Named for the nearby Neyami community (pronounced like “Miami” but with an “N”), Neyami Savanna is a large complex of boggy grasslands with open canopies of pine and cypress. The …Read the Rest