local access for over 80 years. Skyline’s previous owner, however, filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and their creditors formed Cascade Timberlands (CT) to auction off the forest assets. The Deschutes Land Trust (DLT) and CT have agreed that CT will retain 5,000 in fee ownership of which they will develop 1,500 ac of it. Upon receiving entitlements, they will contribute 28,000 acres to the DLT. This project would allow the DLT to sell an easement on the 28,000 acres to the ODFW with the proceeds being used to fund a management endowment and/or pay the seller if required. A stewardship plan for the property would provide sustainable forest management for wildlife habitat, timber, recreation, and viewshed protection.
SC, Belfast, ($3,250,000)- It is the largest block of private forestland in the Piedmont of SC. Its proximity to Sumter National Forest & large size will enhance future mgmt of the entire area & provide tremendous connectivity along this corridor. Located less than 1 hour from Greenville, Spartanburg and Columbia (all growing metropolitan areas) makes it highly threatened for commuter home sites & weekend retreats. The tract has a long history of active timber mgmt & a well-stocked diverse timber stand. SCDNR will utilize this tract as part of an ongoing partnership with SC Dept. of Education to integrate natural resource education into school curriculum. The tract will provide a much needed area to conduct field studies for schools participating in the program. The area will also be used to promote outdoor activities for families and youth as part of the Children in Nature Movement.
TN, North Cumberland Conservation Area ($4,160,000)- The proposed Emory River Tract (4,876 acres) is one piece of a larger, strategic 127,000-acre acquisition achieved through a partnership that included the State of Tennessee, The Nature Conservancy and two private Timber Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs). In 2007, the partners took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to permanently protect a contiguous band of one of the world’s most biologically significant broadleaf temperate forests. Through fee simple acquisition, working forest conservation easements, recreational leases and timber rights, the partners completed the largest conservation project in the state of Tennessee since the formation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The project represents a model for conservation on a landscape scale, providing jobs in the timber industry, public recreation opportunities, and a corridor of protected hardwood forest habitat large enough to support reintroduced elk herds, 25% of the world's population of cerulean warblers, and the federally endangered Indiana bat, among many other plant and animal species.
TX, Longleaf Ridge, ($1,820,000)- Longleaf Ridge Conservation Area, in the West Gulf Coastal Plains "Pineywoods" ecoregion, harbors intact and biodiverse longleaf pine woodlands. Encompassing two National Forests (Angelina and Sabine) and the integral East Texas timber industry lands, it is identified as highest priority in Texas by Nature Conservancy’s ecoregional planning team. Having the highest biodiversity rankings within the ecoregion, the area ranks in the top six potential conservation areas of Texas. The area includes several populations of federally endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers and some of the last confirmed Louisiana pine snake. The Longleaf Ridge Project, a 2-phase working forest conservation easement protecting 8,344 acres of forest in southeast Texas, is 10 miles north of Jasper. In 2007, it was acquired by The Campbell Group, LLC, a TIMO. They are interested in selling conservation easements to maintain the area as a working forest and to protect its scenic character. The Nature Conservancy hopes to pursue multiple phases of this project.
USVI, Annaly Bay/Hermitage Valley ($1,500,000)- St. Croix is the largest of the US Virgin Islands (USVI) at 85 square miles. Mountains in the northern part of St. Croix descend to a broad expanse of coastal plain in the south. The narrow shelf surrounding the