Longleaf forests provide important habitat for bobwhite quail, red cockaded woodpecker, wild turkey, gopher tortoise, and a host of other plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Longleaf ecosystems contain a stunning diversity of plants -- nearly 600 species have been recorded in these habitats, of which more than one-half are considered rare. Millions of people enjoy hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, and recreating in longleaf forests. Restoration of this ecosystem is a top priority for government agencies, conservation groups, and the public.
The Longleaf Legacy Program was launched in 2003 as one of the largest public/private funding efforts of its kind for conservation of the longleaf ecosystem. Priorities of the partnership include restoring longleaf on public lands, which includes conversion of non-native pine plantations; re-establishing ecosystem on sites adjacent to or near existing longleaf stands so as to maximize habitat area; replanting in areas that are high priority for wildlife conservation, such as red-cockaded woodpecker recovery sites ; and providing outreach and assistance to private landowners who are willing to manage longleaf on a long rotation to benefit wildlife.
This Program is no longer active. Please see the Longleaf Stewardship Fund home page for information on how to apply.
Is this Program active?
This Program is inactive. Please apply through the Longleaf Stewardship Fund, if you are interested in this Program.