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Wildlife Habitat Improved on Working Farm in Taliaferro   

Stan Jackson wanted to utilize his land for beef cattle and, at the same time, promote wildlife habitat management. The livestock had access to the entire farm including woodlands, streams, and ponds.

Jackson wanted to better manage his forage production and encourage wildlife habitat development. Utilizing the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) program he installed over 6,000 feet of electric fence to exclude the livestock from wildlife areas. Two hundred and thirty acres of pasture have been over seeded with clover to improve the nutrient availability to other grasses and to provide extra forage for the livestock and wildlife.

In addition, the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) program is being utilized to convert 300 acres of a pine monoculture to prime wildlife habitat by installing permanent wildlife food plots. Prescribed burns and light disking will be conducted annually throughout the area to encourage native early successional vegetation growth.

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