Fiscal Year 2010- Forest Legacy Program Funded Projects
AK, South Denali, ($675,000)- Development of two privately owned parcels of excellent northern forestland within Denali State Park threatens the natural features and uninterrupted views near a proposed visitor center on Curry Ridge. Alaska State Parks and the National Park Service are developing a visitor center to promote outdoor education and recreation while highlighting the Alaska Range, Denali (Mt. McKinley), and the surrounding environment. Located two hours north of Anchorage in a vast area of undeveloped lands the visitor center will draw as many visitors as Denali National Park (over a million a year). This application proposes to purchase two in-holdings located in the immediate viewshed and vicinity of the proposed visitor center within Denali State Park. One of the parcels has been subdivided and was recently under contract to build a hotel. That contract fell through and the owner has signed an MOU with the State of Alaska for the purchase. If the State is unable to purchase the parcel the property will remain on the market and ultimately be sold and developed. This project will protect over $30 million in State and Federal investment in this Visitor Center.
AL, Cumberland Mountains Preserve, ($640,000)- The Swaim-Sims Tracts (total 426 acres) contribute a significant addition to the Cumberland Mountains Forest project area by offering many unique attributes, which will be protected through the Forest Legacy Program. The tracts will be secured through fee-simple title acquisition, held by the State Lands Division (SLD) and the Forever Wild Land Trust (FW) and managed by the State Lands and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR; administrators of the Forever Wild Land Trust). The tracts are readily manageable, strategically located and nationally important to the continued progress made through recent federal, state, and partner conservation efforts directed at protecting the rich biological diversity of the southern Appalachians. Further, the Swaim-Sims Tracts would augment state/federal land holdings in this area, as well as previously funded Forest Legacy Projects (Prince Tract, Post Oak Flat Tract, Coon Gulf Dixon), and greatly bolster other federal conservation interests in this area of Jackson and Madison Counties. The state’s match would be 75/25 ratio.
AS, Ottoville Rainforest Preserve, ($1,000,000)- This relic lowland lava flow rainforest, located near the airport on Tutuila island, is the only one of it's kind left in the Samoan archipelago. It is small but through scientific studies it is proven to be healthy and regenerating important hardwood species such as Tava (Pometia pinnata). This forest is also a refuge for threatened bird and bat species (3 foot wing span fruit eating), which are often displaced due to frequent tropical storms and hurricanes. Perhaps the most important aspect of this forest is that it is one of the few remaining undisturbed areas where water can percolate into the aquifer, which supplies drinking water for the entire island. The land is currently held in several pieces owned by individual members of the Haleck family and would be purchased as a fee simple acquisition. The land is very threatened to be subdivided into housing lots which are in great demand in the Territory.
AZ, San Pedro River Ecosystem ($900,000)- The San Pedro River Ecosystem Forest Legacy project will permanently protect 694 acres of riparian forest along the San Pedro River through conservation easements. The importance of the San Pedro River to wildlife