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Longleaf Pine Initiative

NRCS Texas Longleaf Pine Initiative

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Janet Ritter, NRCS Resource Team Leader, Nacogdoches, TXJanet Ritter NRCS Resource Team Leader, Nacogdoches, TX

1-Janet Ritter discusses working with Michael Howard who is a landowner in Tyler County, Texas.  She discusses  his Longleaf Pine restoration efforts and their collaboration in development of a Forest Management Plan.

2-Janet Ritter discusses working with landowner Simon Winston in Nacogdoches County, Texas.  

3-Janet Ritter discusses Simon Winston’s use of prescribed fire to control the understory in his Longleaf Pine stands.  She also talks about his willingness to host Longleaf Pine tours. 

4-Janet Ritter talks about NRCS assisting a variety of customers and her personal thoughts on working to help landowners manage their Longleaf Pine forests.

Trey Whitley, Tyler County LandownerTrey Whitley, Tyler County landowner

Trey Whitley, Tyler County, Texas landowner discusses his experience with the Texas Longleaf Implementation Team.

Longleaf pine forests once covered millions of acres throughout the Southeastern United States. Today, only a few thousand acres of this vital habitat remains.

To help sustain, enhance and restore longleaf pine forests, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the national Longleaf Pine Initiative, offers financial assistance to landowners for implementation of conservation practices that maintain, improve and restore the longleaf pine ecosystem in east Texas. 

The Longleaf Pine initiative will incorporate both technical and financial assistance to help landowners in Texas improve habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest and Tribal land.

In East Texas, the counties eligible for longleaf restoration are: Anderson, Angelina, Chambers, Cherokee, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler and Walker. 

The counties shaded in yellow on the map are the focal are counties, and the and counties shaded in blue are the non-focal area. Land units in the non-focal areas will be considers based on the suitability of soils for longleaf establishment.

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

Landowners can apply at their local USDA Service Center.

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Brian Townsend, State Forester

(936) 564-4873, Ext. 3