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February 27, 2008

Indian Creek Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative tour conducted

The Cooperative Conservation Partners of the Indian Creek Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative in Newberry recently conducted a guided tour on February 20 of two privately-owned and two national forest properties.

The event highlighted partnership efforts among federal, state and local agencies/organizations to restore and improve habitat for declining species which depend on grasslands and similar habitats. These habitats have declined sharply across the Southeast in recent years and populations of bobwhite quail and songbirds such as prairie warbler, loggerhead shrike and Bachman’s sparrow have suffered.

The Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative is targeting improvements to forest health and wildlife habitat in the Indian Creek area of Newberry County and encompasses about 16,600 acres in National Forest lands and adjacent private lands.

Indian Creek Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative Partners include: Quail Unlimited (State and Newberry Chapter); SC Forestry Commission; USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and East Piedmont Resource.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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