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Monday, August 14, 2017

Help to protect the Golden-Winged Warbler
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun a program to increase the habitat for the Golden-Winged Warbler in East Tennessee. And the Lakeway region is an important part of the effort. This species of songbird has seen a significant population decline in the last half century. The American Bird Conservancy says it's count shows the population has dropped by 66 percent in the United States. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has a goal of conserving 852 more acres for golden-winged warbler habitat in the next several years, bringing the total amount of conserved habitat in the state to 1,115 acres. The bird's territory in Tennessee is mostly in the eastern portion, Appalachia, and the Cumberland Plateau. The program is being expanded from 12 to 20 counties, including Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hancock and Hawkins in the Lakeway region. Ornithologists say the reason for the decline can be attributed to the bird's favorite habitat; young forests which are in short supply in Appalachia. NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help agricultural producers voluntarily conserve golden-winged warbler habitat on private lands. This assistance helps producers plan and implement a variety of conservation activities, or practices, that benefit the bird, agricultural operations and forestland. Technical assistance is free to producers. The agency’s staff of experts and conservation partners work side-by-side with land owners to develop a conservation plan. Each plan focuses on the creation of golden-winged warbler nesting habitat and is tailored to the landowner’s property. Financial assistance helps producers pay for the adoption of a system of conservation practices that improve the health of forest ecosystems. If you’re interested in technical and financial assistance, contact your local USDA service center. A conservationist will help to develop a customized conservation plan.

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