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$7 Million Grant To Restore Forestland From Carolinas To Texas

More than $7 million dollars in grant money will be used to restore and maintain forestlands in eight southeastern states from the Carolinas to Texas.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper announced on Thursday $350 thousand dollars for projects in North Carolina that will benefit fish and wildlife populations and protect watersheds.  Vice President of Conservation Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation David O’Neill says non profits, state agencies and federal agencies will receive the money to be used in three areas including longleaf pine forests along the coastal plain of the Carolinas.

The focus area is the Cape Fear Arch.  They’re going to put management practices in forests, work with private landowners, and attempt to restore and enhance the forest systems of the Cape Fear Arch region of North Carolina.”

Some projects will get underway this Fall, but most are set to start in the Spring when the planting season begins.  O’Neill says the projects will be conducted over a two year period.  I’m Jared Brumbaugh.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.