Regional Longleaf Pine Partnership Council
In recognition that successful range-wide longleaf conservation will require the resources, talents, and collaborative efforts of many partners, the Partnership Council was formed in October 2011. Its organization followed two earlier meetings in the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011 involving some 80 individuals representing diverse agencies and private groups. Recommendations from these earlier meetings framed the Partnership Council, its operational guidelines and structure.
The Partnership Council is comprised of 33 members representing non-governmental organizations, state and federal agencies, implementation teams and other collaborative efforts, private industry, universities/research/extension and private landowners. Its purpose is to promote effective communication and collaboration among the large number of partners working to conserve longleaf pine ecosystems across the South. It provides a forum where the diverse partners can bring their different objectives, missions, responsibilities and contributions required to make the conservation implementation efforts successful and demonstrate collective progress.
The Partnership Council is governed by a chair, chair elect and past chair, with each serving a one year term. Here's the current leadership:
- Chair Andrew Schock, representing The Conservation Fund
- Chair-Elect Gary Burger, representing South Carolina Department of Natural Resources/Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
- Past Chair James (Jim) M. Guldin, representing the USFS Southern Research Station
The Partnership Council expects to meet face-to-face no less than twice a year and by conference call on an as-needed basis. Check back here to learn more about the activities of the Partnership Council and its meeting schedule.