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November 29, 2007

Longleaf planting, establishment advice offered in new brochure

The Longleaf Alliance recently released a brochure titled "Keys to Successfully Planting and Establishing Longleaf Pine." This publication is full of vital information, much of it developed over the last decade by The Longleaf Alliance and its partners.
Johnny Stowe, wildlife biologist and forester with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Longleaf Alliance member, said: "This brochure pulls it all together in one step-by-step, user-friendly document that will fit in your shirt pocket."
To obtain copies of the brochure or to get other information about longleaf pine, contact The Longleaf Alliance at (334) 427-1029 or (334) 844-1012, at lngleaf@auburn.edu.

Since its inception in 1995, The Longleaf Alliance has pulled together a wide array of partners, including state and federal government agencies, conservation groups, private landowners, land managers, nursery managers, and other longleaf pine ecosystem enthusiasts. Through management-oriented research, trial-and-error, and the interchange of information among these partners, regeneration and other management techniques have improved dramatically in the last dozen years.

The Longleaf Alliance’s partners have restored longleaf to about one million acres in this same time period. That is about a 33 percent increase in the total range-wide acreage of longleaf pine (based on the estimated 3 million acres that remained in 1995), but unfortunately during this same time frame the original acreage has continued to decline, although it is not known by how much. South Carolina now has an estimated 600,000 acres of longleaf forests in various age classes. The state once had several million acres of longleaf forests, woodlands and savannas.

Topics in the new brochure include (1) determining your starting point; (2) preparing the site; (3) planting; and (4) herbaceous release. Also covered are "Facts and Myths" about longleaf pine; "Ecological and Economic" considerations, with handy bullets of "Do’s and Don’ts" and "Pros and Cons" to help guide the decision-making process, and a seasonal "Calendar of Treatments" to help folks plan and track regeneration work.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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