Restoring a Natural Wonder: The Longleaf Pine Forest
NRCS Georgia has made it a priority to expand and restore the Longleaf Pine ecosystem in Georgia. Many efforts have been documented across the state on private lands where NRCS has partnered with private landowners and partners to rebuild the once thriving ecosystem to its former glory.
Longleaf Pine forests once encompassed more than 90 million acres of the North American landscape. Today, only three percent, or 3.4 million acres, remain and, yet, Longleaf Pine forests represent some of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems.
The Longleaf Pine ecosystem provides critical habitat for 29 threatened and endangered species. Those threatened and endangered species include the gopher tortoise, indigo snake and red-cockaded woodpecker.
NRCS and its conservation partners in nine states are helping private landowners improve the sustainability and profitability of Longleaf Pine forest ecosystems. The following important conservation practices improve the forests' health: forest stand improvement, prescribed burning, restoration and management of rare or declining habitats, and tree/shrub establishment. Learn more at http://www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov.