Partners Convene in Florida for Spring 2015 Meeting
Another successful Longleaf Partnership Council meeting can be “checked” off the list! 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.
The Longleaf Partnership Council convenes meetings twice a year to promote broader understanding, coordination of, and participation in ongoing activities for longleaf pine restoration. During the latest gathering in Pensacola, partners discussed a variety of topics such as 2014 accomplishments, strategic priorities and actions, longleaf market analysis, prescribed fire, conservation opportunities, communications, mapping, and understory improvements.
Following the Council meeting, many partners stayed in Pensacola to attend the 2015 Stewardship Partners Meeting. Southern Company and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation did a tremendous job as usual, bringing partners from across the United States to discuss shared conservation goals, enhance personal relationships, and foster a more open, effective dialogue on environmental issues in general. The event highlighted pressing conservation issues and on-the-ground activities in the Southeast region. Longleafers were also treated to a special presentation and sneak peak of the upcoming documentary “Secrets of the Longleaf Pine” from Rhett Turner, President of Red Sky Productions.
For longleaf fans and conservation professionals alike, the Spring 2015 gathering turned out to be a fun and productive way to network with peers and promote conservation in the Southeast.