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Longleaf Pine Initiative

Signup for the Longleaf Initiative is continuous. Please check with your local NRCS office for specific batching dates.

*New* Longleaf Pine Initiative- 2014 Progress Report

*Updated* ALERT Brochure - Alabama's Longleaf Ecosystem Restoration Team: Providing Technical Assistance in Managing Longleaf Pine

Longleaf Pine SeedlingThrough the Longleaf Initiative NRCS and our partners are working with forestland owners in nine states to restore Longleaf pine forests.

Imagine a forest landscape stretching 90 million acres from Virginia to Texas, with towering pine trees and a diverse array of plants and wildlife.  This was the range of Longleaf pine forests 400 years ago.

Today, less than 4 percent -- 3.4 million acres -- remain.  The remaining forests are home to thousands of plant and animal species, including 122 threatened and endangered species, like the Red-cockaded Woodpecker.  

Out on the Land Videos

Longleaf Pine Video

Recently, students at the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging asked if they could use their digital animation skills to lend their support for longleaf pine.  Working with NRCS staff, they created a 3D animation video that captures the beauty and ecological importance of longleaf pine forests.

Longleaf Pine Video (You will leave this site.)

Eligible counties are highlighted on the map below.  There will be three priority areas.  Priority is based on Threatened and Endangered Species habitat restoration, wildlife corridor establishment and the history longleaf range.  Priority will also be given to planting on open land (cropland or pasture) sites. 

Approved participants will receive financial assistance for implementing conservation practices including site preparation, planting longleaf pine, installing firebreaks, conducting prescribed burning, and controlling invasive plants.

Additional Information

U.S. Forest Service and Partners Take Steps to Restore Alabama’s Forests (html)

Longleaf Planting Density Fact Sheet

National NRCS Longleaf Initiative 2012 Report

National NRCS Longleaf Initiative

Alabama Longleaf Alliance Organization

Alabama Map of Counties Eligible for Longleaf Pine Initiative

Longleaf Pine Initiative Ranking and Practices  (xlsx, 17 KB)

Longleaf Print Information

The following documents may need  Acrobat Reader.

County Longleaf Soils Data - For use by landowners to determine compatible soils to plant longleaf

Contact Information

Contact your local Service Center for further guidelines and details of the program.  

NRCS State Office contact Steve Musser, USDA–NRCS, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, phone: (334) 887-4503.