Habitat Management for Land Stewards

Our local Southeastern lands incorporate a rich diversity of wetlands and upland forest habitats. The Conservancy StandingFord assists landowners in sustaining the ecological symbiosis of private lands with the often difficult and time-consuming task of habitat planning and management.

Most natural systems need some form of leadership to remain effectively sustainable. The Conservancy StandingFord helps landowners in the leadership incorporated in land management and stewardship.

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A Calling to Responsibly Lead

The Conservancy StandingFord is led by career conservationist, Thomas (Ted) Rainwater. Ted has managed wildlife habitats across thousands of acres of state, federal, and private lands through service in Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR), South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), private plantation management, and Quail Forever.

The Conservancy StandingFord works in partnership with Southeastern Habitat Management founder, Ricky Varnadoe. The resulting leadership team enables site-specific, conservation-minded, year-round property management services for projects of any size. From consulting and establishing a habitat management plan, to strategic management, execution and general maintenance—each is carried out with careful attention to each landowner’s vision and passion with the right equipment, knowledge and experience. 

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Land Stewardship Services

Habitat Management Plan Development

Habitat Classification, Mapping & Analysis

Identification and Control of Invasive and Non-native Species

Consulting in Conservation Funding Programs

Property Management Services

Controlled Burns

Food Plot Management for Deer, Turkey

Quail Habitat Regeneration

General Property Maintenance (mowing, roadwork, mulching)

Good Practices are Sustainable

The Conservancy StandingFord helps landowners of all sizes through a patient and personal philosophy that good management toward a sustainable, healthy ecosystem will enable overall conservation goals and passions to thrive in concert. Whether you are seeking a more productive dove field, a carefully cultivated return of the bobwhite, thriving management for wild turkey, whitetail and wood duck, to protecting the Red-cockaded Woodpecker—The Conservancy StandingFord and Southeastern Habitat Management walk alongside landowners to identify site-specific management goals, helping in each phase of the planning process to set priorities, establish measurable targets, and determine successful sustainable management actions.

Accomplishing your Land Management Goals

In some cases, there is funding available to help landowners accomplish their conservation and habitat management vision. Ted’s knowledge in USDA NRCS programs that work in concert with conservation-based initiatives like Quail Forever enables The Conservancy to help landowners navigate possible candidacy and make referrals to conservation-based regional points of contact in cost share funding like EQUIP, CSP, and others. 

Southeastern Habitat Management and The Conservancy StandingFord have been founded to help you accomplish the vision you see for the land you are leading in conservation and stewardship.