Landscape Scale Restoration Projects and Partners

An aerial picture of a forested area with a river running through it.

Integrated Forest Management

An integrated forest management approach helps rural forest communities in Minnesota. Photo credit: From the book, St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers—The Enduring Gift, by Craig Blacklock.

Landscape Scale Restoration projects effectively leverage federal and non-federal dollars  to restore healthy and resilient landscapes and communities. These projects are developed by state forestry agencies in collaboration with diverse partners. Explore current LSR projects through a publicly-accessible search tool.

 

Shortleaf Pine Seed Orchard Establishment (Georgia)

Found in 13 southern states, shortleaf pine forests are important sources of high-quality forest products and provide habitat for many wildlife species. However, a shortage of quality seed currently exists, and the need for a genetically isolated, shortleaf pine seed orchard is critical. Project partners are working to establish a new shortleaf pine seed orchard capable of providing millions of seedlings across the region for reforestation projects on private and public lands. Read more about the Shortleaf Pine Initiative

 

Sweetwater Forest Enhancement Project (Idaho)

Steelhead Fishing. Photo credit Ryndon Ricks.

Healthy forests are critical to the recovery of threatened steelhead populations in the Lapwai Creek ecosystem and Sweetwater Watershed. Wildfire, invasive species, and past management practices have altered the landscape and threatened its unique ecological values. Project partners are working to implement forest management treatments across ownerships to mitigate fire threats, treat invasive species, restore steelhead habitat and riparian function, and improve water quality.

 

Improving Water Quality on Tribal and Private Forestlands in the Delaware Watershed (Kansas)

The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas (KTIK) is working to address significant challenges on tribal and adjacent private forestlands: 45 percent of riparian forests are non-functioning; 69 percent are comprised of low-quality tree species; and 60 percent of grasslands are degraded. This project involves inventorying 2,339 acres of KTIK forestland, creating a landscape Forest Stewardship Plan to help the tribe actively manage tribal and adjacent private lands, and implementing priority on-the-ground practices to restore forest and grassland health. 

 

Advancing an Integrated Forest Management Approach in Rural Forest Communities (Minnesota)

Retaining working forests in the St. Croix Basin is critical to maintaining water quality in the basin headwaters and preventing water quality decline in the lower reaches. The majority of the private forests in the upper St. Croix Basin are not actively managed and therefore vulnerable to non-forest conversion. This project will develop a Landscape Stewardship Plan for the Snake River watershed, provide a comprehensive array of planning services for landowners, and direct state and federal cost-share funding to implement conservation practices within priority areas. Read more about landowner engagement in the St. Croix Basin.

 

The Gallatin Headwaters Landscape Restoration Partnership (Montana)

Part of the headwaters of the Missouri River, the Gallatin Headwaters Landscape Restoration Partnership is designed to restore deciduous forests to improve water quality and habitat connectivity while providing other economic and community benefits. The project targets 15 impaired streams for riparian forest management, assessment, and conservation planning with willing private landowners. Additionally, this effort enhances the Gallatin Valley Regional Conservation Partnership Program by reaching more private landowners and community members and addressing the organization’s riparian forest goals.

 

Building the Forest and Water Connection: Developing and Enhancing Non-traditional Partnerships for Drinking Water Protection (Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas)

Forests play a critical role in providing a clean and abundant drinking water supply to millions of people. State forestry agencies in Texas, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Georgia are working together to conserve water through targeted forest conservation, restoration, and the active management of privately-owned forest lands. State-based partnership forums supported by the Forest Service, the U.S. Endowment, and many other organizations have inspired water utilities, forest managers, and regulatory agencies to collaborate to protect drinking water supplies.

 

Sustainable Forest Landscapes for Water and Wood: Forest Management in Water Supply Watersheds (Maryland, and Pennsylvania)

This multi-state project advances forest management and certification in forested watersheds that are important for working lands and water quality. Because most of these watershed span the Maryland and Pennsylvania border, forest planning requires interstate coordination. This project focuses on forest management planning for reservoir forests and will provide technical assistance to foster sustainable forest certification and landscape-scale planning.