Longleaf Learn

This website is designed for active engagement with private landowners and private forest managers by developing resource materials that state agents, county extension agents (CEA) and natural resource specialists can readily adopt. America’s Longleaf website has other tools for field day hosts to include a local implementation team map, technical longleaf pine materials, and a maintained list of longleaf events throughout the range of  longleaf pine.  

Materials include video presentations, print-outs for landowners, and topic specific powerpoint presentations. These materials demonstrate longleaf management practices and topics of interest to landowners. The site also contains suggested contacts for developing webinars and field-days with experts from North Carolina State University, The Longleaf Alliance, and Texas A&M University personnel.

Video Presentations

Sample Field Day Curriculum and Material Suggestions

General Longleaf Pine Course 101

This module provides landowners with background on longleaf pine and information on longleaf pine management for timber and wildlife. This module also provides information for landowner on financial and technical assistance programs and the economics of longleaf management.

This curriculum is meant to be a resource for extension agents by providing online materials and suggested topics for a general longleaf pine introductory course that is one day in duration. These education topics will ideally be taught in conjunction with field visits to maximize learning potential. Extension agents may select from the online materials list below to suit their individual needs.

Recommended Presenters

  • Members of Local Implementation Teams for America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI)
  • Longleaf Extension Specialist from Local State Land Grant University (e.g. Texas Agrilife, Louisiana Cooperative Extension, Mississippi Extension Service)
  • Longleaf Alliance
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Federal and State Forestry Service Representative on Local Implementation Team
  • State Wildlife Agency Representative on Local Implementation Team

Desired Learning Objectives

  • Brief History of Longleaf Pine and Reasons for Decline
  • Overview of ALRI
  • Site Preparation Considerations and Techniques
  • Longleaf Pine Management Considerations
  • Seedling and Planting
  • NRCS Program Overview and Landowner Incentives
  • General Economic Benefits of Longleaf Pine
TopicTimePresentation and PresenterOnline Materials
1 30 min History of Longleaf and Overview of Initiative - Local Implementation Member
2 30 min Site Prep Considerations and Techniques - State/Federal Forester or Extension Specialist
  15 min Break  
 3 30 min Management of Longleaf Pine - Extension Specialist or State/Federal Forester  
 4 30 min Management of Longleaf Pine For Game and Non-Game Species - NWTF Representative or State Wildlife Agency Member  
  1 hour Lunch  
 5 30 min Seedling Availability - State Extension Specialist or State Forester  
 6 30 min NRCS Program Overview and Landowner Incentives - NRCS Agent  
 7 30 min Economics of Longleaf Pine - Longleaf Alliance or Extension Specialist  
  15 min Break  
 8 2 hours Field Visit
  •  Visit demonstration sites
    Open Discussion of Lessons Learned  

Other Course Recommendations

Reforestation and Understory

This module provides landowner specific information on reforestation of longleaf pine and managing the understory for both game and non-game species.

This curriculum is meant to be a resource for extension agents by providing online materials and suggested topics for a longleaf pine understory and reforestation course that is a half day in duration. These education topics will ideally be taught in conjunction with field visits to maximize learning potential. Extension agents may select from the online materials list below to suit their individual needs.

Recommended Presenters

  • Members of Local Implementation Teams for America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI)
  • Longleaf Extension Specialist from Local State Land Grant University (e.g. Texas Agrilife, Louisiana Cooperative Extension, Mississippi Extension Service)
  • Longleaf Alliance
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Federal and State Forestry Service Representative on Local Implementation Team
  • State Wildlife Agency Representative on Local Implementation Team

Desired Learning Objectives

  • History and Considerations for Longleaf
  • Management of Longleaf Pine
  • Understory
TopicTimePresentation and PresenterOnline Materials
1 30 min History and Considerations for Longleaf  
2 30 min Management of Longleaf Pine - Extension Specialist, State/Federal Forester, NWTF Representative or State Wildlife Agency member  
  15 min Break  
3 30 min Understory  
4 1.5 hours Field Day – Coordinate with Local Implementation Team
  • Visit Demonstration Site with Understory Component
    Open Discussion of Lessons Learned  

Other Course Recommendations

  • By working with members of the Local Implementation Teams, demonstration plots can be identified in the field so that target audiences can observe various management practices first-hand.
  • As a partner in America’s Longleaf, many military installations in the southeast also manage longleaf forests that can be viewed by working with the base natural resource management division.
  • The course materials identified are suggested materials for creating participant packets that can be supplemented or replaced with materials in the resource section of the ALRI website.

The funding for this site was made possible through support from a cooperative grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Further funding support was provided from National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in development of the two videos developed for the Longleaf Learn video series. Our thanks go out to U.S. Department of Agriculture, NIFA, NWF, Texas Forest Service, National Wild Turkey Federation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Florida – IFAS School of Forest Resources & Conservation, NC Forest Service, NC Longleaf Coalition, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Clemson Extension and Longleaf Alliance in their help to Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resource staff in development of this page and supporting materials.