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Correction: Fort Benning wildlife to benefit from $3.1M grant

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The Longleaf Stewardship Fund received a grant worth $3.1 million today, September 4, in a presentation that took place at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. $350,000 of that grant will benefit the natural wildlife of Fort Benning.

Longleaf pine forests are a major habitat for many endangered and threatened animals, such as the indigo snake and the gopher tortoise. The grant will be used to rebuild and preserve this natural ecosystem.

Amanda Bassow, Director of the Eastern Partnership Office of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, says this is the largest sum of money the efforts have received.

"The grant monies are used to do a couple of things," said Bassow. "Primarily, we reach out to private landowners to help them engage in planting Longleaf where it once was, or in maintaining and managing their Longleaf more successfully so that it is an abundant, sustainable resource."

The money comes from sources of four federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Conservation Service, and Southern Company. 

The Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosted the event.

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