Southeastern Longleaf Pine Restoration Initiative (multi-Partners; SE)
The Service is an active participant in a multi-partner
(over 40 federal and state agencies and non-government entities)
longleaf pine initiative that was officially established in 2008.
The official title of this initiative is: America’s
Longleaf: A Restoration Initiative for the
Southern Longleaf Pine Ecosystem.
The entire group of partners met at Auburn University the week
of March 14th, 2008, to begin to further define goals and objectives
for the initiative, and to scope out a road map for the future that
all partners can support.
The longleaf pine ecosystem is one of the most ecologically diverse
systems in the world, rivaling even tropical rainforests. Longleaf
forests are home to some of the most rare and unique plants and
animals on the continent:
- Nearly 900 plant species are found in longleaf
forests, and no where else in the world
of 290 reptiles and amphibians occurring
in the Southeast U. S. are found in longleaf
federally listed endangered or threatened
species are part of the longleaf ecosystem,
including the red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher
tortoise and flatwoods salamander.
Today, less than three percent of the original longleaf forests
remain, resulting in a designation of this ecosystem as “critically
The primary goals of this collaborative partnership are to:
Manage and maintain what is left,
Recover what is in poor condition, and
Restore longleaf to suitable areas where it has been lost.
Initial objectives identified by the partnership that will be addressed
over the next few years include:
- Development of a range-wide conservation
plan that identifies and explains priority
geographic focus areas and outcome-based
- Work together to increase resources for longleaf pine conservation
- Establish a pool of technical assistance resources that will
provide timely and accurate knowledge and expertise on longleaf
pine conservation and restoration to any project, and
- Develop a strong partnership organization for this initiative.
Activities and progress under this major partnership initiative
will be the major theme of the upcoming Longleaf Alliance Regional
Conference to be held on October 28-31, 2008, Sandestin, Florida.
Additional information about the Longleaf Alliance and this Regional
Conference can be obtained at: http://www.longleafalliance.org