The work of protecting and restoring shortleaf pines is relatively new, but has made great strides. A coalition of partners, including The Nature Conservancy, has formed the Shortleaf Pine Initiative to coordinate ecosystem-wide conservation and management of shortleaf pines. Many local restoration initiatives are gaining traction through the use of prescribed fire, planting of shortleaf pines and careful timber management. For example, in Arkansas and Oklahoma, the Conservancy is working with the Ouachita National Forest and many other partners to manage more than 300,000 acres of shortleaf forests to improve their resilience and create and maintain local forestry jobs. Collaborative projects across shortleaf pine’s range are helping slow the decline and bring back this once-dominant tree.
Help us sustain shortleaf pine forests and the wildlife, communities and economies that depend on them.