The Problem with Longleaf Pine Seeds

Do the Math In 1963, from his work on the Escambia Experimental Forest (Escambia), U.S. Forest Service research forester (now emeritus) Bill Boyer developed the formula for longleaf pine seed dispersal that became one of the foundations for the natural regeneration of the species. Natural regeneration—literally allowing seedlings to sprout wherever seeds fall— seems the intuitive choice…  More 

Fourth Graders Explore Forest Ecology and Management at the Escambia Experimental Forest

Fourth grade students from the W.S. Neal Elementary School in East Brewton, Alabama, recently visited the Escambia Experimental Forest (The Escambia) to get first-hand experience with the plants and animals of the longleaf pine ecosystem. After several days of instruction about the history and ecological significance of longleaf pine from guidance counselor Marina Chancery, 100…  More 

Moving Harper’s Beauty Off Road

The first week of March found a team of plant biologists down on their knees in a highway right-of-way in the Florida Panhandle, searching for Harper’s beauty, one of Florida’s rarest native plants. A perennial lily with a solitary yellow flower and iris-like leaves, Harper’s beauty (Harperocallis flava) is listed as federally endangered and found…  More 

Haywood Wins SAF Distinguished Service Award

U.S. Forest Service scientist Dave Haywood recently received the Distinguished Service to Forestry Award from the Louisiana Society of American Foresters, the professional organization for those responsible for the management of Louisiana’s forests and natural resources.  This prestigious honor is awarded to forestry professionals who significantly advance the field of forestry in the state of…  More 

Longleaf Pine Forests in the South, Past and Future

A new report from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) describes the history and current condition of longleaf pine in the southern United States. Co-authored by researchers from the SRS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) and Longleaf Pine Ecosystems units, findings from the report provide a solid baseline of information that land and…  More 

Future Longleaf Pine Forests in Virginia

Southeastern Virginia marks the northern boundary of the natural range of longleaf pine forests, which once stretched along most of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains from Virginia to eastern Texas. Research aimed at finding the best seed sources to restore longleaf pine forests to southeastern Virginia area is also providing important clues for adapting…  More 

From One Forest to Another

    Some of the most intense ecosystem management in the United States happens behind the secure gates of our military bases.  Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina may not evoke thoughts of scenic streams and woodlands, but managers there are, in many ways, leading the charge for restoring diverse native ecosystems. They’re undertaking…  More 

Taking America’s Rarest Snake Back to the Woods

Louisiana pine snakes released on Kisatchie National Forest On May 1, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Memphis Zoo, and other partners released seven young Louisiana pine snakes on a restored longleaf pine stand in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. The release is the fourth…  More 

Fire on the Base

  DOD and Joint Fire Science Fund SRS Research at Eglin Air Force Base The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently awarded the Southern Research Station (SRS) Center for Forest Disturbance Science (CFDS) $2 million for a 5-year project with researchers from the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station,…  More 

Following Carbon’s Trail in Longleaf Pines

Once covering some 90 million acres in the South, longleaf pine forests were the largest temperate forest type in the United States, but have been in decline for decades because of land clearing for crops and pastures, logging, and other land use changes. Longleaf pine ecosystems are some of the most diverse in the nation;…  More