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Longleaf Pine Initiative

Longleaf Pine Initiative
 
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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.

The Longleaf Pine Initiative began when an interdepartmental Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among USDA, the Department of Interior and the Department of Defense identified the longleaf pine ecosystem as a priority resource concern.

As part of the initiative, 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.

NRCS Farm Bill conservation programs provide landowners technical and financial assistance. States involved in the initiative include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, (PDF, 1.7MB) Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

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NRCS Core Conservation Practices for Longleaf Pine Initiative

NRCS recommends various conservation practices to meet different resource needs. Each Initiative uses several of these practices as a foundation - its Core Practices.
 
Landowners must implement at least one of the following Core Conservation Practices to participate in the Initiative: Forest Stand Improvement, Prescribed Burning, Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitats, or Tree/Shrub Establishment.  

Landowners may also apply for financial and technical assistance to install Supporting Practices to support the Core Practice.

Longleaf Pine Initiative Core Conservation Practices
 

Practice Name

Number

Units

Forest Stand Improvement

666

ac

Prescribed Burning

338

ac

Restoration and Management of Rare and Declining Habitats

643

ac

Tree/Shrub Establishment

612

ac

Supporting Conservation Practices

Access Control

472

ac

Brush Management

314

ac

Conservation Cover

327

ac

Fence

382

ft

Early Successional Habitat Development/Mgt.

647

ac

Firebreak

394

ft

Forest Trails and Landings

655

ac

Fuel Break

383

ac

Herbaceous Weed Control

315

ac

Integrated Pest Management

595

ac

Silvopasture Establishment

381

ac

Tree/Shrub Site Preparation

490

ac

Tree/Shrub Pruning

660

ac

Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

645

ac

Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management

644

ac

Woody Residue Treatment  (replaces Forest Slash Management)

384

ac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PDF download of the Core Conservation Practice list (PDF, 31KB)

Additional Longleaf Pine Information

To learn more about the Longleaf Pine Initiative, visit these external websites: