DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. – Ask any wildlife biologist what it takes to keep wildlife healthy, happy and close to home, and they’ll tell you it’s all about having good habitat.

Learn how to improve wildlife habitat on your property by attending the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Wildlife Habitat Management Workshop Friday, May 9, 2008, at the Brushy Lake Recreation Area in Double Springs, Ala.

During the workshop, participants will learn about the benefits of prescribed fire for wildlife and timber management. Landowners and managers also will spend time with experts learning how to thin pine plantations to improve wildlife habitat, manage hardwood stands for wildlife and timber, manage wildlife openings to attract wildlife and more.

Landowners also will learn the benefits of planting longleaf pines, which provide excellent habitat for many species including wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and quail, as well as threatened or endangered species such as indigo snakes, red-cockaded woodpeckers and gopher tortoises. Longleaf pines also produce a high-value timber that generally grows at the same rates as the more commonly planted slash and loblolly pines, and longleaf also is more resistant to disease, insects, fire and wind damage (even from hurricanes) than other pines.

The NWTF and Georgia Pacific have partnered to restore more than 8,500 acres of longleaf pines on both public and private land in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi through a $1.1 million grant from Southern Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This workshop is an educational aspect of the grant project.

The cost of the workshop is $20, and lunch will be provided. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participation is limited to the first 100 people registered. Pre-registration by May 2 is strongly encouraged. Registration at the door is permitted if space allows.

To learn more about the workshop, call Joe Koloski at (601) 454-4455.

Directions to the Wildlife Habitat Management Workshop From Double Springs: Travel north on Highway 33 into Lawrence County. Turn right onto County Road 70, which is the first paved road past the Black Warrior Work Center and Fire Tower. Follow the paved road to the Brushy Lake Recreation Area – Day Use on the right.

From Moulton: Travel south on Highway 33. Turn left onto County Road 70. Follow the paved road to the Brushy Lake Recreation Area – Day Use on the right.

Hunting Heritage Club National Sponsors Monsanto, BASF, Georgia Forestry Commission, South Carolina Forestry Commission, DeltAg

Wildlife Habitat Management Workshop Local Supporters and Partners Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama State NWTF Chapter, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Services Agency, Winston County Natural Resources Council, USDA Forest Service, Alabama Forestry Commission, Alabama Cooperative Extension, Winston County Forestry Committee, Winston County Farmer’s Federation Forestry Committee, Georgia Forestry Commission, Truax, Alabama Power Company, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Host Bankhead National Forest