Recent Research on the Restoration of Southern Pine Ecosystems

— Written By Kristin Wing

Over time we’ve seen southern pine ecosystems decline across the landscape. Currently, the USDA Forest Service has partnered with the Longleaf Alliance, the Shortleaf Pine Initiative and others to develop strategies to restore the native pines before they are gone for good.

Longleaf Pine

Longleaf Pine, photo by USDA Forest Service

A few strategies that have been discussed include prescribed fire, planting, and partial cutting, and recent research suggests that these strategies are the key to bringing the pines back. Together, these groups are striving “to maintain, improve and restore longleaf and shortleaf pine ecosystems on national forests as well as state and private forestlands,” according to the US Forest Service.

The US Forest Service published an article detailing this work earlier this week, discussing the different strategies and their effectiveness. To learn more about these efforts and recent research, take a look at this article published by the US Forest Service, which can be found by clicking here.