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Restoring the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem (06:28)

Host: Sarah Leon with Eric Palola and EJ Williams

Old-growth longleaf pine (click to view larger)
Old-growth longleaf pine
Photo credit: Bill Garland, USFWS


The longleaf pine forest once stretched across more than 90 million acres from southern Virginia to Florida, and as far west as Texas. Today only pockets of the vast forest are left, totaling less than four percent of its historic range. A number of federally listed species call this threatened ecosystem home, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, the bog turtle, and the indigo snake.

Last updated: July 15, 2013