island supports long, fringing coral reefs. Watersheds are steep and soil erosion can damage fragile marine ecosystems offshore. This tropical island includes mangrove forests, salt ponds, shrublands, scrub, and dry and moist tropical forests. Dry and moist tropical forests account for 6,000 acres of land in northwestern St. Croix that make up the Forest Legacy Area (FLA). This is a multi-year project to protect approximately 1,600 acres of dry/moist tropical forest. Protection is necessary due to immediate and intense development pressure.
UT, Dry Lakes Ranch, ($1,400,000)- Dry Lakes Ranch, an 1,862 acre property, is located adjacent to the Brian Head Scenic Byway. It sits below the town of Brian Head, a resort area for summer and winter recreation that includes a ski resort. The Byway provides direct access through the dramatic Parowan Canyon to the Dixie National Forest, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Forested with aspen, white fir, spruce, Gambel oak and mountain mahogany, the Ranch provides crucial habitats for fawning mule deer and calving rocky mountain elk, crucial summer range for Merriam's turkey and year- around range for blue grouse. Sensitive species in the area include three-toed woodpecker, sonoran mountain king snake, goshawk, and pika; and federally protected species include the California condor and the Mexican spotted owl. This scenic property ranges from 7,600 feet to more than 9,700 feet in elevation to afford stunning views of the Cedar and Parowan valleys and surrounding mountains. Demand for second homes and recreation in the area has resulted in the conversion of nearby private properties into subdivisions. The family strongly desires to keep the entire Ranch in its pristine condition to protect the forest, wildlife habitat and quality of life.
VA, Chowan River Headwaters, ($2,240,000)- This project will protect 3,500 forested ac. encompassing extensive wetlands, 10 mi. of river frontage and a globally-rare forest type in the VA portion of the Chowan River Basin, a tributary of significant biodiversity value to the Albemarle/Pamlico system, the 2nd largest estuary in the US. A total of 870 ac. of riparian wetlands will be protected, benefitting flood protection and water quality for the estuary’s $1B ecotourism and fishing industry as well as recovery efforts for 3 federally listed fish species. Wetland protection will aid efforts to improve resiliency of the estuary to sea level rise, considered one of the region’s greatest threats. The best remaining stand of globally-rare northern-range longleaf pine will be protected within the project’s 2,800 ac. of working forestland. Timber management on this land will contribute to the stability of the region’s $1B/yr. forest products sector. The project will help link 20,000 ac. of existing conservation lands across the VA/NC border providing outdoor recreational opportunities to over 1.1M people living within a 60-mi. radius of the property. Land protection will preserve the area’s historical links to early American settlement and the Revolutionary and Civil wars.
VT, Eden Forest, ($2,200,000)- Eden Forest is Vermont’s top ranked project for 2009 &
A conservation easement purchase over this 5,727-acre working forest would connect 30,000 acres of conserved forestland with regional, national, and bi-national significance. This project is a priority of Two Countries, One Forest, a cross-border collaborative that identified the Green to Sutton Mountains (Vermont to Quebec) as one of 5 critically at risk linkages. It provides a 4-mile buffer to the Long Trail–nation’s oldest long-distance hiking trail and maintains recreation opportunities, such as hiking and hunting. The project would protect 1/3 of the Gihon River headwaters and thousands of acres of high quality northern hardwoods. Eden is threatened by residential development from the Burlington metropolitan area and ski resort center of Stowe/Morrisville. Eden has the second fastest growth rate in Lamoille County. The property was sustainably managed by a local family for over three decades, but sold in 2006 to a Timber Investment Management Organization (TIMO) with a financial responsibility to its investors. Development may be considered as a means to