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Interview With The New Chair for the Longleaf Partnership Council

Interview With The New Chair for the Longleaf Partnership Council Get to know the new Chair of the Longleaf Partnership Council, Dr. Jim Guldin!

Download the Florida Gopher Tortoise Smartphone App

Download the Florida Gopher Tortoise Smartphone App Learn more about a new app that will help the gopher tortoise population and FWC biologists.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is Now Accepting Proposals

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is Now Accepting Proposals Click on the article to find out more information about funding opportunities.

Longleaf Conservation Receives Technological Assistance

Longleaf Conservation Receives Technological Assistance A news article has been published that discusses new technological advances that scientists are using to conserve longleaf pine.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is Soliciting Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is Soliciting Proposals The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to expand and enhance longleaf pine ecosystem restoration and management across longleaf pine’s historical range.

Fall 2016 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting

Fall 2016 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting The Longleaf Partnership Council concluded another productive semiannual meeting in Savannah, GA on November 1, 2016.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Fall 2016

Local Implementation Team Updates - Fall 2016 Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

Longleaf Gets a Boost on Private Lands in Alabama and Florida

Longleaf Gets a Boost on Private Lands in Alabama and Florida Read about how different partners have come together to restore longleaf in Florida and Alabama.

2016 Regional Longleaf Award Recipients Announced

2016 Regional Longleaf Award Recipients Announced The Longleaf Alliance is proud to announce the recipients for the 2016 Regional Longleaf Awards. Click on the title to view the entire list of awards.

Patriotic Pine: Longleaf Benefits National Defense

Patriotic Pine: Longleaf Benefits National Defense Read about how Longleaf and our National Defense compliment each other through the blog Patriotic Pine.

Interview with the President of The Longleaf Alliance

Interview with the President of The Longleaf Alliance Get to know more information about Robert Abernethy and why he is passionate about longleaf.

Easy Way to Connect and Receive Conservation Help

Easy Way to Connect and Receive Conservation Help Learn more about the Conservation Client Gateway presented by USDA.

21 Projects Receive Funding for Longleaf Restoration

21 Projects Receive Funding for Longleaf Restoration The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that several longleaf projects have received funding. Check out the entire story here.

Secrets of the Longleaf Pine Documentary Wins a 2016 Southeast Emmy Award

Secrets of the Longleaf Pine Documentary Wins a 2016 Southeast Emmy Award Learn more about the "Secrets of the Longleaf Pine" documentary and it's recent achievement!

Interview with the 2016 Longleaf Partnership Council Chair

Interview with the 2016 Longleaf Partnership Council Chair Find out what Troy Ettel had to say about the longleaf pine initiative. Click on the title for the full interview.

Longleaf: The Heart of Pine

Longleaf: The Heart of Pine A new documentary will be airing this Sunday, May 8th. Click on the title for more information.

Getting to the Goal- Spring 2016 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting

Getting to the Goal- Spring 2016 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting The Longleaf Partnership Council concluded another productive two day semiannual meeting in St. Simons Island, GA on April 11-12, 2016.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Spring 2016

Local Implementation Team Updates - Spring 2016 Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

USDA Announces Funding for 2016 Longleaf Project

USDA Announces Funding for 2016 Longleaf Project Learn about which Longleaf projects received funding for 2016 and other projects across the country.

2016 Regional Conservation Partnership Program Awards Announced

2016 Regional Conservation Partnership Program Awards Announced Several states were awarded funding to help restore Longleaf Pine - check out the winners!

USDA Offers Assistance to Producers Interested in Restoring and Enhancing Longleaf Pine Forests

USDA Offers Assistance to Producers Interested in Restoring and Enhancing Longleaf Pine Forests Here is a great opportunity for you to get involved in helping to restore Longleaf Pine forests.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Fall 2015

Local Implementation Team Updates - Fall 2015 Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2016 RFP Available

Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2016 RFP Available The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking proposals to expand, enhance and accelerate longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across longleaf pine’s historical range.

Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting: Fall 2015

Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting: Fall 2015 The Longleaf Partnership Council concluded another successful two day semiannual meeting in Baton Rogue, LA on Nov 2-3, 2015.

USDA helps restore, manage Longleaf Pine forests on private lands

USDA helps restore, manage Longleaf Pine forests on private lands The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced that $10.6 million in funding will be made available to the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem.

Quail and Fire: leaving a legacy for fire ecology

Quail and Fire: leaving a legacy for fire ecology Learn about how prescribed burning has effected the Quail environment.

Secrets of the Longleaf Pine Air Dates

Secrets of the Longleaf Pine Air Dates The new documentary about Longleaf Pine is set to premiere. Check out the dates and times here!

Love Longleaf, Love to Camp? Check out NWF's Blog!

Love Longleaf, Love to Camp? Check out NWF's Blog! Discover this great event that the National Wildlife Federation is sponsoring to connect people to the great outdoors.

Longleaf Pine in the New York Times

Longleaf Pine in the New York Times Longleaf Pine made a recent appearance in the New York Times.

Longleaf Pine on Louisiana Quarter beginning in 2015

Longleaf Pine on Louisiana Quarter beginning in 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Program released the upcoming coins that will begin circulation this year. Kisatchie National Forest in the state of Louisiana was honored as one of the five National Forests to be on the coins.

Ancient Tree Stumps Shed New Light on Fire in Florida

Ancient Tree Stumps Shed New Light on Fire in Florida Jean Huffman has been decoding tree stumps in Florida to help land managers restore the Longleaf Pine ecosystem.

Longleaf Pine Awarded Funding Through NFWF

Longleaf Pine Awarded Funding Through NFWF On June 30, 2015, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that $4.6 million was awarded in grants to support 22 projects across nine states. This funding will help restore 11,600 acres of Longleaf pine and enhance additional 163,000 acres.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Spring 2015

Local Implementation Team Updates - Spring 2015 Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

USDA Now Accepting 2016 RCPP Proposals

USDA Now Accepting 2016 RCPP Proposals On May 4, 2015, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Partners Convene in Florida for Spring 2015 Meeting

Partners Convene in Florida for Spring 2015 Meeting Members and friends of the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative convened in Pensacola, Florida on April 6-7, 2015 in conjunction with the 12th Annual Stewardship Partners Meeting by Southern Company and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

New Farm Bill Program to Help Protect Longleaf’s Legacy for Future Generations

New Farm Bill Program to Help Protect Longleaf’s Legacy for Future Generations A new Farm Bill program named the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, or RCPP, is providing support to the longleaf restoration effort.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Winter 2015

Local Implementation Team Updates - Winter 2015 Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2015 RFP Available

Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2015 RFP Available The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to expand and enhance longleaf pine ecosystem restoration and management across longleaf pine’s historical range.

Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting for Fall 2014

Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting for Fall 2014 The Longleaf Partnership Council will convene its semi-annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama this October 20-21, 2014.

Media Mentions for ALRI 5th Anniversary Celebrations

Media Mentions for ALRI 5th Anniversary Celebrations Good news! After the 5th anniversary celebration events in D.C., the “buzz” about America’s Longleaf is continuing to spread via several media.

Longleaf Pine Awarded Funding Through USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Longleaf Pine Awarded Funding Through USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program On January 14, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states and Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Longleaf Pine Announced as a Critical Conservation Area for the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Longleaf Pine Announced as a Critical Conservation Area for the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow to launch a new era in American conservation efforts with an historic focus on public-private partnership.

Infographic Highlights 2013 Accomplishments

Infographic Highlights 2013 Accomplishments An infographic has been created to highlight 2013 accomplishments by America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative.

Longleaf Highlighted on the National Stage

Longleaf Highlighted on the National Stage More than 200 longleaf supporters gathered in Washington, DC on July 22 for a series of memorable events to celebrate five years of restoration progress by the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative.

Celebrating Progress and Promise in DC

Celebrating Progress and Promise in DC “Longleafers” from across the range will gather in the nation's capital on July 22 to celebrate five years of restoration progress while also looking ahead to next steps in advancing the America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative.

Longleaf Partnership Council News - "Accomplishments and Challenges"

Longleaf Partnership Council News - "Accomplishments and Challenges" Mike Black, Chair of the Longleaf Partnership Council, reflects on the Council's Spring 2014 meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Ranking NRCS Official Joins America’s Longleaf Team

Ranking NRCS Official Joins America’s Longleaf Team Recently appointed as Southeast Regional Conservationist at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, James E. Tillman Sr. is now adding his extensive conservation experience and many talents to America’s Longleaf.

Longleaf Partnership Council Convenes in Biloxi

Longleaf Partnership Council Convenes in Biloxi The Longleaf Partnership Council convened once again for its two day, semiannual meeting in Biloxi, MS on April 7-8, 2014.

Longleaf Gets a Boost in Mississippi’s Piney Woods

Longleaf Gets a Boost in Mississippi’s Piney Woods A multi-year partnership is investing $1.7 million during FY14 in Mississippi's Upper Black Creek Watershed to reduce wildfire risk, restore native habitat including longleaf pine ecosystems that are home to the threatened gopher tortoise, and decrease sedimentation and erosion.

Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell Touts Conservation of Longleaf Pine Habitat

Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell Touts Conservation of Longleaf Pine Habitat Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell paid a visit to South Carolina recently where she touted local efforts to conserve longleaf pine habitat and cited the project as an example of why full funding by Congress is needed for the Land & Water Conservation Fund.

Longleaf Featured in FWS News

Longleaf Featured in FWS News Thanks to efforts by Clay Ware, Longleaf Pine Recovery Coordinator for USFWS, the "well-oiled restoration machine" known as America's Longleaf has been profiled in Fish & Wildlife News, a national publication that reaches thousands of natural resource professionals.

1.38 Million Acres of Longleaf Restoration Work in 2013

1.38 Million Acres of Longleaf Restoration Work in 2013 The public and private partners involved in the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI) accomplished an impressive 1.38 million acres of longleaf restoration work in 2013 according to a report recently released by the Longleaf Partnership Council.

Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2014 RFP Available

Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2014 RFP Available The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking proposals to expand, enhance and accelerate longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across longleaf pine’s historical range.

Leadership Council Convenes in Charleston

Leadership Council Convenes in Charleston The Longleaf Partnership Council gathered again on October 22-23 in conjunction with the national convention of the Society of American Foresters in Charleston, SC.

Restoring Longleaf, Restoring the Gulf

Restoring Longleaf, Restoring the Gulf The Longleaf Partnership Council is eagerly pursuing a remarkable opportunity to accelerate longleaf ecosystem restoration while also contributing to the restoration of the Gulf Coast and the revitalization of its economy.

One-on-One with Mike Black, NBCI

One-on-One with Mike Black, NBCI This is the first in a series of interviews of longleaf leaders from across the range who, along with their organizations, are making uniquely important contributions to the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative. Mike Black is the Forestry Coordinator for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) and in October 2013 will take the reins as the Chair of the Longleaf Partnership Council.

Local Lessons, Shared Nationally

Local Lessons, Shared Nationally At the request of America's Great Outdoors, America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative recently held a webinar to share lessons learned and helpful insights with other teams working across the country on landscape level restoration projects. Participants from the Northern Forests of New England, the Crown of the Continent in the northern Rockies and the Southwest Deserts all joined in for a lively discussion on the challenges of mounting restoration efforts at large, multi-state scales.

DEP Awarded $1.75 Million to Conserve Nearly 21,000 Acres Buffering Eglin Air Force Base

DEP Awarded $1.75 Million to Conserve Nearly 21,000 Acres Buffering Eglin Air Force Base The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Trust for Public Land and landowner M.C. Davis are partnering to conserve 20,850 acres of critical habitat land east of Eglin Air Force Base after being awarded $1.75 million from the U.S. Department of Defense as part of the 2013 REPI Challenge.

Longleaf Planting Densities

Longleaf Planting Densities Planting densities for longleaf have been the subject of many conversations among foresters, wildlife biologists and landowners for several years. To address the situation, the Longleaf Partnership Council (LPC) developed a White Paper on Longleaf Pine Planting Density (2013) and Fact Sheet, providing landowners a discussion of the potential benefits and drawbacks of a range of planting densities.

Longleaf Partnership Council Convenes in Mobile

Longleaf Partnership Council Convenes in Mobile The biannual meeting of the Longleaf Partnership Council was conducted in Mobile on April 25-26. The Council meeting focused on range-wide topics (e.g., how the RESTORE Act prompted by the Gulf oil spill might offer longleaf opportunities) as well as technical team reports (e.g., recommendations on longleaf seedling stocking density) and, last but certainly not least, updates from partners around the region.

Achieving and Documenting Restoration Success: What’s Next?

Achieving and Documenting Restoration Success: What’s Next? Somewhere down the road, when the history of longleaf restoration is written, the year 2012 will almost certainly be seen as a significant milestone. Last year, after decades of steady decline in longleaf, the USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) first determined that the decline had been halted and, indeed, that acres of longleaf dominated forests had actually increased in the previous 10 years.

Study Documents Economic Benefits of Longleaf Restoration

Study Documents Economic Benefits of Longleaf Restoration Not only is longleaf being successfully restored on the Osceola National Forest, the restoration efforts are generating significant positive returns for the broader economy according to a recent study. The Florida project has received considerable attention from conservationists for its ambitious goals of doubling prescribed fire acreage on the Forest, reducing fuel loads and restoring groundcover. Now impressive economic benefits have also been documented at the local, state and national scales.

Range-Wide Conservation Strategy for the Gopher Tortoise Now Available

Range-Wide Conservation Strategy for the Gopher Tortoise Now Available The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with and input from the States of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and South Carolina, and the Wildlife Diversity Committee of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, recently released a Range-Wide Conservation Strategy for the Gopher Tortoise. The purpose is to guide public and private partners in proactive conservation of the tortoise, which is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act across most of its range.

Robert Abernethy to Lead the Longleaf Alliance

Robert Abernethy to Lead the Longleaf Alliance Highly regarded for his decades of involvement with a range of wildlife and land management issues, Mr. Abernethy assumed the Presidency of the Alliance on December 1, 2012 after most recently serving in a senior position with the National Wildlife Turkey Federation.