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Coastal Headwaters Longleaf Pine Forest


The Conservation Fund is working with Resource Management Service, LLC, and over 30 public and private partners to conserve and restore up to 200,000 acres as a working longleaf forest in the critical Gulf watershed. This is the largest single longleaf restoration effort on private lands to date in the in the Gulf Coastal Plain of Florida and Alabama. The project will acquire conservation easements and replace existing loblolly pine with longleaf pine to be maintained by regular fire. It conserves habitat for more than 44 at-risk species, protects water quality and quantity, and supports the local economy by providing jobs and expanding markets for longleaf pine products. This conserves a natural corridor along the Gulf of Mexico connecting the Florida Ecological Greenways Network, from Eglin Air Force Base and Blackwater River State Forest to the Perdido River. In 2018, NRCS acquired the first easement in this project on 3,719 acres from Resource Management Service.  The project began in 2014 and is ongoing.

This RCPP project conserves a natural wildlife corridor along the Gulf of Mexico.

Partners

Resource Management Service
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
U.S. Forest Service 
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Forest Service  
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The Longleaf Alliance
Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership
Florida Wildlife Federation
Alabama Wildlife Federation
Audubon Florida
The Nature Conservancy of Alabama
E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
Ocean Foundation
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
National Wild Turkey Federation 
Alabama Power
The Southern Company
Alabama Forestry Commission
Alabama Forest Resources Center