Grant will help tree health in Cumberland Plateau

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new initiative seeks to improve forest health across the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

International Paper and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently announced $743,000 in funding to improve the region’s forest health by restoring shortleaf pine forests and treating hemlock trees against an insect pest that is spreading rapidly through the Cumberlands.

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The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1B9SeoJ) the foundation formed the initiative with International Paper in 2013.

A major part of the effort is restoring short leaf pines, a species that has sharply declined due to modern wildfire control. Grant money will be used to conduct prescribed burns and selective harvesting on the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky and the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in Tennessee.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

 

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