critical link between two large land protection initiatives. The property consists of a mix of white pine and hardwood on flat to gently rolling terrain, and contains a vernal pool.
DE, Green Horizons, ($4,000,000)- The Green Horizons' properties are Delaware's top priority for protection because they are the only remaining working forest lands owned in the state by a forest products company. This company is selling off all of their Delaware land holdings (approx. 9,000 forested acres) within the next few years. The Green Horizons Project specifically addresses the urgent need to protect these forests from development through phased purchases of key properties. Green Horizons Phase VI will protect 876 additional acres of working forest lands within the Redden/Ellendale Forest Legacy Area through a fee simple purchas. These lands will have full public access as part of Redden State Forest. In cooperation with The Conservation Fund, Delaware added 348 acres of working forest lands (through a fee simple purchase) to Redden State Forest during Phase V. Concurrently, Delaware protected 740 additional threatened acres in the Cypress Swamp Forest Legacy Area through a fee simple purchase using non-Forest Legacy funds. Without focusing Forest Legacy Program funds on the remaining Green Horizons lands, there will be little chance of saving these forests from development and thus we will lose a significant number of forested acres to non-forest uses.
FL, St. Vincent Sound-to-Lake Wimico, ($2,500,000)- Phase I consists of 3,453 acres fronting on St. Vincent Sound in Franklin County. The St. Vincent Sound-to-Lake Wimico Ecosystem is part of a landscape-scale conservation effort within the highly ranked St. Joe Timberlands Florida Forever project. The entire project area consists of the fee simple acquisition of 49,520 acres in Gulf and Franklin counties, Florida. The forested habitat connectivity afforded by the project may be unparalleled in State of Florida efforts to conserve its natural heritage. Overall, the project will help to forge an integrated and interconnected landscape-scale conservation area for large vertebrate wildlife movement of over 912,000 acres – not to mention the adjacent waters of the national estuarine research reserve and two state aquatic preserves that protect an additional 394,000 acres. Due to the size and cost of the project, the acquisition of the project is to be done in multiple phases. TNC has an option on the entire 49,520 acres.
GA, Murff tract- Rayonier Forest ($3,500,000)- Protection of a large contiguous tract of 14,000 acres which joins over 83,005 acres of protected land. In September 2006, the State closed on the 2,571 acre Townsend tract using $1,970,000 of FY 06 Forest Legacy funding for the Altamaha River Corridor project. An option to acquire the entire Murff tract will be signed that will allow it to be purchased in two phases. The Forest Legacy funds will be used to acquire phase 2 totaling approximately 7,700 acres. The Murff Tract is the largest, most ecologically intact, and most important unprotected tract of land in the Altamaha River corridor, which is itself one of the most important conservation targets identified in Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan. It is also a critical piece for the US Marine Corps as a buffer and flyway protector to the Townsend Bombing Range. This range is used to train soldiers from military bases in over 40 states. It is located in the lower Altamaha River floodplain and contains forested wetlands, inland maritime forest hammocks on sand ridges, upland longleaf pine, and tidal freshwater forested wetlands.
HI, Kainalu Forest Watershed, ($1,500,000)- Kainalu Forest Watershed (KFW) conservation easement is 614 acres of strategic watershed on East Molokai Island. The KFW is part of 1200 acre Kainalu Ranch that represents nearly an entire watershed. The KFW parcel extends from sea level to the Wailau Valley Rim at 3400 ft, a distance of nearly three miles. The upper reaches are composed of four native forested riparian areas with amphitheater intakes that contribute to the Kainalu and Waialua Streams, and are home to