Like a Phoenix from the Ashes
Fire only makes longleaf pine forests grow stronger.
Prescribed burning is one of the conservation techniques helping to restore the longleaf pine. When the smoke clears, a more robust ecosystem appears. Prescribed burning:
- Controls undesirable vegetation;
- Prepares sites for seeding and planting;
- Reduces pests and disease;
- Improves wildlife habitat;
- Removes debris;
- Enhances seed production;
- And more.
Over the past few centuries, longleaf pine forests have lost 97% of their original 90 million acres. Fortunately, those losses have recently been halted and reversed.
America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI) marks its five-year anniversary today. This broad partnership - which includes many private and state entities, as well as the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Service and Farm Service Agency; and the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - stands shoulder-to-shoulder to protect and restore the longleaf pine.
Through its Longleaf Pine Initiative, NRCS has worked with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, awarding 15 grants totaling about $3.38 million for projects in the longleaf pine range that will restore 11,800 acres and improve 116,000 acres of longleaf pine habitat.
By continuing to be good stewards, longleaf pine forests will be available long into the future.
To get started with NRCS, visit your local USDA Service Center or www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.