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NRCS Announces 2012 Longleaf Pine Initiative Funding for Virginia Landowners

Wade Biddix
(804) 287-1675


Richmond, May 30, 2012 – Longleaf pine forests support some of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems, providing critical habitat for 29 threatened and endangered species. To help sustain, enhance and restore longleaf pine forest in Virginia, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $200,000 available to landowners interested in improving habitat on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest land.

The Longleaf Pine Initiative will incorporate both financial and technical assistance with funding available to landowners in the following Virginia cities and counties: 


James City






Newport News


Dinwiddie Norfolk Sussex
Gloucester Northampton Virginia Beach
Greensville Poquoson Williamsburg
Hampton Portsmouth York

Isle of Wight

Prince George


Approved Virginia participants will receive financial assistance for implementing conservation practices such as planting longleaf pine, installing firebreaks, conducting prescribed burning and controlling invasive plants. Though program signup is continuous, deadlines for upcoming ranking periods are June 22 and July 6, 2012.

Longleaf pine habitat may contain as many as 300 different species of groundcover plants per acre and approximately 60 percent of the amphibian and reptile species found in the Southeast,” said Jack Bricker, NRCS State Conservationist.  “By partnering with conservation-minded landowners, we can restore and expand this key native species and economic resource.”

Nationally, NRCS is offering more than $6.3 million to help private landowners restore and manage longleaf pine in nine states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Additional information on the Longleaf Pine Initiative, NRCS and our programs is available on our website at or at your local USDA NRCS office.