2020

USFWS Announces Proposal to Downlist Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
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The USFWS announced a proposal to change the status of the red-cockaded woodpecker from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This will be published in the Federal Register, opening a 60-day public comment period.

The proposal comes from the many years of conservation actions undertaken by federal, state, and private partners to resurrect the RCW and its preferred longleaf pine habitat. ALRI is referenced in the announcement due to the collaborative efforts to restore the longleaf pine in the Southeastern landscape.

Summer 2020 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting
Summer 2020 LPC Meeting Screenshot

Meeting in the time of COVID-19!  Though things looked a little different this year, the Longleaf Partnership Council was still able to join together virtually this summer to discuss progress in ALRI’s efforts to restore longleaf pine and a variety of other topics.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Summer 2020
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Despite setbacks and limitations due to COVID-19, the local implementation teams, ALRI's boots-on-the-ground, were persistent in their efforts to further longleaf pine restoration. Read about all the work they've been up to this Spring and Summer!

Sentinel Landscape Partnership Releases 2020 Accomplishment Report
2020 SL Report

The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership released their 2020 accomplishments report outlining the Partnership's land conservation and natural resource restoration projects that strengthen military readiness, bolster agricultural and forestry productivity, conserve natural resources, and increase access to recreational opportunities.

Three of the seven Sentinel Landscapes occur in the longleaf pine range: Georgia, Eastern North Carolina, and Avon Park Air Force Range.  Read more about each of those Sentinel Landscapes and connections to longleaf pine in the report.

USDA Launches Strategy to Continue Conserving the Gopher Tortoise and its Critical Habitat
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today released its new 5-year plan to conserve the Southeast’s threatened gopher tortoise by focusing on the conservation and restoration of its key habitat―longleaf pine forests, and fire will play a leading role in the efforts. The initiative has already conserved 274,302 acres of gopher tortoise habitat since 2017, and the new plan’s goal is to conserve an additional 975,687 acres by the end of 2024. The gopher tortoise is one of nine species to represent the USDA’s premier wildlife conservation program―Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW).

Partnership Aims to Bolster Military Readiness, Protect Environment
SL 2020 Report

The 2020 Sentinel Landscapes Accomplishment Report released today describes the work done to strengthen military readiness and protect the environment by a partnership that includes the Defense Department, the Agriculture and Interior departments, state and local governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

NFWF's Longleaf Stewardship Fund Announces $5.6 Million in Grants to Advance Longleaf Pine Habitat and Support Wildlife in Eight Southeast States
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Longleaf Stewardship Fund awarded 23 grants totaling $5.6 million to restore, enhance, and protect longleaf pine forests in the Southeast.  With non-federal matching contributions of $6.9 million, a total of $12.5 million will go towards an impressive longleaf ecosystem conservation impact!

Private Landowner's Commitment Essential to ALRI Story
Alex Johnson (USDA NRCS) Joseph Mckinney (Landowner) And Joel Glover (USDA NRCS)

Private landowners like Joseph McKinney are a vital piece of the ALRI success story. By utilizing NRCS cost share and technical assistance programs and working with local partners, Mr. McKinney is bringing back the majestic longleaf pine to his land and leaving a legacy for future generations.

LPC Releases New Fact Sheet on Advantages of Longleaf in Windstorms
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The Longleaf Partnership Council is pleased to announce a new communications fact sheet emphasizing the benefits of longleaf pine during windstorms such as hurricanes and tornadoes.  

ALRI Illustrates Substantial Gains in 2019 Range-wide Accomplishment Report
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The 2019 Range-wide Accomplishment Report shines the spotlight on achievements in longleaf pine restoration activities over the past year and encourages further collaboration among partners in a push to reach our goal of 8 million acres of longleaf pine across the range.

NFWF Requests Proposals for Development of Longleaf Pine Growth & Yield Model
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has released the a Request for Proposals for the development of a longleaf pine growth and yield model.  The deadline for proposals is Thursday, April 30th. 

Texas Longleaf Implementation Team Creates Groundcover Plants Photo Gallery
Common Evening Primrose Oenothera Biennis Credit Stuart Gary

The Texas Longleaf Implementation Team has created a photo gallery of groundcover plants of longleaf forests.  These species can be found in wet longleaf pine forests and upland pine forests/woodlands in East Texas.  The photo gallery is an ongoing project so check back for updates!

NRCS Releases Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Restoration FY20-24 Implementation Strategy
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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently released the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Restoration FY20-24 Implementation Strategy! The five-year strategy provides guidance on restoring, improving, and maintaining longleaf pine forests in the Southeast U.S.

Sentinel Landscapes Documentary to Premiere at DC Environmental Film Festival
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The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership will premiere “The Sentinels” on March 13th during the D.C. Environmental Film Festival.

Interview With The 2020 Longleaf Partnership Council Chair
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Find out why current Longleaf Partnership Council Chair Tiffany Woods is excited to be involved in longleaf restoration and the ALRI mission!

NFWF Resilient Communities Program Now Accepting 2020 Proposals
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has released the 2020 Request for Proposals for the Resilient Communities program.  This national program supports projects that focus on enhancing healthy forest ecosystems.  The deadline for pre-proposals is Tuesday, February 18th. 

New Interactive Landowner Resources Tool Available for Longleaf Landowners within Designated Sentinel Landscapes
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The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership has released a new Interactive Landowner Resources Tool.  The goal for this product is to make it easier for landowners to find voluntary state and federal landowner assistance programs and can be found on the redesigned Sentinel Landscapes website.

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