De Soto-Camp Shelby Oral History Project

De Soto-Camp Shelby Oral History Project

By Becky Stowe, The Nature Conservancy

The De Soto-Camp Shelby Local Implementation Team has embarked on an outreach project to promote longleaf restoration in Mississippi.  We are working with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage to record interviews with local restoration experts as well as with private landowners who are in the process of converting their lands to longleaf.  We will use these interviews to educate the public about the legacy and importance of longleaf in Mississippi and to inspire landowners to create and enhance their own longleaf forests.

Image 1:  The first interview – Tate Thriffiley and Keith Coursey of the De Soto National Forest with Stephenie Scull-DeArmey.  Photo by Becky Stowe.