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Monday, November 2 • 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Changing Landscapes by Coalition

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Martin Blaney, Brad Carner, A.J. Riggs, Tom Foti, George Rheinhardt, McRee Anderson –Pine-Oak Ecosystem Restoration Partnerships of Arkansas

The conservation partnerships in Arkansas have evolved during the last 30 years, but it was the outbreak of insects on federal lands our state experienced in 1999, resulting in a million acres of damaged and dying oaks, that served as a catalyst solidifying our coalition. The decades of fire suppression and limited forest management on these lands since the early 1900s fostered major changes in the health of our forests through densification coupled with the loss of important habitat types for many species of wildlife. Research and historical data provided evidence that the Interior Highlands was more open woodlands than forests in previous centuries. Once the conservation partnerships began ecological restoration projects, the floristic response of native herbaceous plants in restored communities further convinced us that our combined management efforts were crucial in meeting the strategies outlined in our Wildlife Action Plan and National Forest Plans. The Coalition’s initial strategic plan outlined the importance of providing restored demonstration areas on public lands, using them to help gain support from the public. Other landscape-level projects began to be implemented throughout the state using various grants and conservation programs as funding sources on both private and federal lands. The support provided by partners in both personnel and budgets increased our capacity to initiate more landscape restoration around the state and with partners in Missouri. This presentation is intended to offer a perspective of the scale of restoration efforts at which this partnership operates and to encourage other states in similar efforts.

Monday November 2, 2015 1:00pm - 1:20pm EST
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