SAHC partners on forest stewardship expansion in Sandy Mush.
We have long been stewards of Sandy Mush, protecting over 12,000 acres of this high priority conservation area. We are excited to collaborate with EcoForesters and the Forest Stewards Guild to help grow a Sandy-Mush-wide forest restoration project! While this project is still in its infancy, with collaborators working to secure funding, the primary goal is to foster healthy and resilient forests that protect environmental values, cultural heritage, economic opportunities, and quality of life for the Sandy Mush Community.
Through this project we hope to:
- Form a “Sandy Mush Forest Restoration Coalition” by bringing together diverse stakeholders in the community and create a collaborative space for shared decision-making.
- Restore native species habitat, as much of the forest land in Sandy Mush has been degraded by historical land use practices and non-native invasive plants.
- Host an annual Forest Stewardship Gathering in Sandy Mush to connect landowners with resources to care for their forests.
This project is made possible by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.
Look for more updates in the future!