Longleaf pine forests once encompassed more than 90 million acres of the North American landscape and represented some of the world’s most unique biologically diverse ecosystems. In 2010, approximately three percent, or 3.4 million acres, of longleaf pine forest remained.
With the CCA designation, USDA will build on existing strong partnerships in the range to improve the profitability and sustainability of longleaf pine forest ecosystems. NRCS and partners recognize the need to support a range-wide approach that accelerates conservation technical assistance and program delivery to private landowners in the longleaf pine range.
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Partners interested in submitting projects for consideration within the Longleaf Pine Range CCA should consider the overall goal of the CCA and resource concern priorities. CCA project proposals that align with NRCS priorities may rank higher in the evaluation of proposals.
Overall Goal: With support of partners, increase the longleaf pine acreage goal from 3.4 to 8 million acres by 2025.
Resource Concerns Priorities:
Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife: Habitat degradation
Degraded Plant Condition: Undesirable plant productivity and health; excessive plant pest pressure
Water Quality Degradation: Excess nutrients and pesticides in surface and ground waters; excessive sediment in surface waters
For more information on the current status and trends of the U.S. agricultural sector and soil, water and related natural resources, visit the RCA Interactive Data Viewer and associated pages.
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