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Prescribed fire facing challenges

Properly conducted prescribed burns (also called “controlled burns”) have multiple benefits, according to Johnny Stowe, wildlife biologist for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Prescribed fires help restore and maintain vital habitat for wildlife, including bobwhite quail and other grassland birds, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, gopher tortoises, and red-cockaded woodpeckers, reports the Times and Democrat of South Carolina.

Rx ‘Firelighters’ Keep the Flame for Restoring Georgia Wildlife Habitat

Visitors at many of Georgia’s state parks, wildlife management areas and natural areas this winter are in for a treat: an up-close glimpse of habitat restoration in progress as trained “firelighters” set controlled, prescribed fires to the forest understory.

These dormant-season burns, taking place outside most plants’ active growing season, improve habitat for dozens of native plant and animal species by opening up overgrown areas of the forest floor. READ MORE

NBCI ‘A Positive Step’ Says Journal of Quail Conservation

Journal of Quail Conservation

April 2, 2010

NBCI continues to be recognized in various outdoor media. Tom Davis, in HELP WANTED: FOR THE BOBWHITE QUAIL, a story in the Quail Forever Journal of Quail Conservation, Spring 2010 edition, page 47: “To be sure, there are state game departments – those in Missouri and Mississippi come to mind – working valiantly to restore quail on properties under their supervision and, with the help of local Quail Forever chapters, to provide landowners with the expertise to implement quail-friendly management practices. The Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, a plan for restoring quail populations to 1980 levels across most of the bird’s American range, is another positive step.”

Scott County, MO Reaches Habitat Goal


1st Area to Achieve Habitat Restoration Goals of the NBCI

April 1, 2008

The first-in-the-nation area to achieve the habitat restoration goals of the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) is in the lowlands of southeastern Missouri. The resulting increase in habitat and quail has benefited quail hunters, bird enthusiasts and the local economy. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) stepped-down the NBCI plan with habitat restoration targets for each county in the state. The Scott County habitat restoration goal, in the midst of the intensively agricultural Mississippi Delta region, was 4,500 acres. This quail restoration success story was made possible by USDA Farm Bill programs.

This success validates the NBCI’s vision—MDC’s implementation strategy, the land’s capability to produce abundant wild bobwhites, Farm Bill programs and USDA agencies’ ability to deliver ample quality habitat, and landowners’ willingness to provide wildlife habitat when incentives are right.