Longleaf Pine Coastal Fringe Sandhill

Longleaf pine usually occurs on sandy, well-drained soils. Long sandy ridges on the northeast and southwest portions of the refuge have large stands of longleaf pine. Longleaf pine and associated understory of wiregrass is an important habitat type that once covered more than 200 million acres in the southeastern United States. Currently, less than 1 percent of the original longleaf habitat exists. Cedar Island Refuge has 1,580 acres of longleaf pine habitat.