The Grandfather Restoration Project is a 10-year effort that will increase prescribed burning and other management practices to more than 40,000 acres of the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest. The project will restore the fire-adapted forest ecosystems and benefit a variety of native plants and wildlife, control non-native species and protect hemlocks against hemlock woolly adelgids.

The Grandfather Restoration Project is one of ten projects announced by Secretary Vilsack in February 2012, under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program.

Click here to read the original project proposal.

The project seeks to:

1. Restore fire adapted vegetation, benefit wildlife and T&E species, and reduce wildfire risks through increased fire management.

2. Improve wildlife habitat and forest composition through silviculture in degraded stands.

3. Address invasive pest problems by preserving the most important hemlock forests.

4. Maintain viable native plant communities by treating the most sensitive areas for NNIPs.

5. Restore riparian vegetation, remove fish passage barriers, reduce sedimentation and reconnect streams to their flood plains to benefit water quality and aquatic ecology.

Project benefits include:

• Increased populations of fire-dependent threatened and endangered species.

• Decreased coverage and abundance of non-native invasive plants at Linville Gorge, Wilson Creek, and across the project area.

• Decreased fuel loads and a change in fuel model on 36,260 acres of prescribed burns. Increasing populations of fire associated wildlife species.

• Five hundred acres of the highest priority hemlock forest protected and maintained.

• Create or maintain at least a dozen jobs.

While this blog is the official blog of the Grandfather Restoration Project, it is not an official government website. For official news and statements by the U.S. Forest Service visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc/. This blog is administered by the Grandfather Restoration Collaborative.