Georgia-Pacific Cedar Springs

Cedar Springs, Georgia, United States

Certified Silver through 2023

Project Name
Project Type
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia Sialis) and Purple Martin (Progne subis)
Practices and Impacts
Georgia-Pacific's Cedar Springs site is situated in southwest Georgia, along the Alabama-Georgia border on 323 acres of forested land. Sawhatchee Creek flows through the property providing varied habitat for native wildlife in the region. Populations of eastern bluebirds, purple martins, and various bat species benefit from on-site habitat conservation practices, including 323 acres of longleaf pine forest, with the dual objectives of protecting forested habitat and the species that call them home.

Practices and Impacts
  • The team planted longleaf pine seedlings throughout the site, leaving room between trees to allow for native plants to grow and provide natural foraging sources for native wildlife onsite. In addition, they manage a Streamside Management Zone buffer to help maintain good water quality in the creek.
  • The team foresters regularly monitor the longleaf restoration site, checking for plant survival and the presence of native wildlife, such as gopher tortoises. They regularly observe gopher tortoises burrowing in the habitat and have seen healthy tree survival.
  • The team built and installed 25 bluebird boxes and three purple martin gourd house stands on-site with the help of local high school students, providing extra nesting habitat for bluebirds and purple martins. The boxes were strategically placed in grassland areas to provide space for avian shelter and foraging.
  • Two bat roosting boxes are installed on-site, with the objective of providing habitat to common southwest Georgia bats like little brown bat, big brown bat, tri-colored bat, and others. The boxes are installed in an area with ample access to water sources, including the Chattahoochee River and Sawhatchee Creek, which provide insect populations for feeding.
  • Monitoring data, obtained using an echo monitoring device, indicates that several less-common bat species are currently active in the mill’s roosting boxes, including Seminole bats, hoary bats, Mexican free-tailed bats and evening bats.
  • Site managers maintain 323 acres of longleaf pine forest on-site. These areas provide critical habitat for the gopher tortoise, while also protecting water quality in nearby Sawhatchee Creek.