Longleaf pine was once the dominant tree in the Southeast. It is estimated that it occupied 90 million acres. Now due to harvesting, conversion of much of this land to other uses, and the restriction of wildfires, it only occupies 3 percent of its original range.
Fortunately, the winds of economics now favor reestablishment of this great tree along with preserving the whole longleaf wire-grass ecosystem.
Watch Stan Rosenthal with the Florida Wildlife Federation show you how it is done on private land.
A case study with more details of this project can be found here.