The goals set forth in this Conservation Plan are ambitious and achieving them will require an exponential acceleration of conservation activity by many parties. Implementation is to be accomplished through voluntary collaborative efforts of organizations represented on the Regional Working Group and many others, including landowners, other agencies and organizations, private businesses, and research and extension institutions associated with longleaf efforts across the range.
While action at the regional or national scale is important, most implementation of this plan will occur through local and sub-regional actions. It will require active involvement by many landowners, resource managers, scientists, and policy makers. This Plan envisions local teams within Significant Geographic Areas as the leaders to assess priorities, conduct more local inventories, establish locally based priorities and involve other local players important for maintenance, improvement and restoration for longleaf. In many cases, locally led efforts have been underway for years and America's Longleaf aims to bolster those pre-existing efforts by raising the profile of longleaf conservation. Select local teams would also be supported by the Regional Working Group through efforts to secure resources for implementation, address policy, capacity, or other priority actions as well as to facilitate coordination with broader or sister efforts.
The Regional Working Group intends to continue functioning as a forum for collaboration and coordination at least through late 2009. During this year, the group will help evaluate and make recommendations to identify more permanent institutional structure(s) which would constitute a "home" for the America's Longleaf Initiative in future years.
Implementation of on-the-ground restoration efforts requires coordination at the state and local levels across agencies and across all lands. So far, implementation teams and other collaborative efforts have formed in 13 locations across 9 states.