Going, going... saving the longleaf pine ecosystem before it's gone
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): P. P. Holliday
Publication Year: 2001

Cataloging Information

  • agriculture
  • air quality
  • Alabama
  • amphibians
  • Aristida beyrichiana
  • coastal plain
  • conservation
  • deciduous forests
  • eastern Texas
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • education
  • fire dependent species
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • Florida
  • forest management
  • game birds
  • Georgia
  • grasses
  • grasslands
  • ground cover
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • histories
  • Jones Ecological Research Center
  • land use
  • logging
  • Longleaf Alliance
  • longleaf pine
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • military lands
  • national forests
  • natural resource legislation
  • Neel, L.
  • North Carolina
  • north Florida
  • old growth forests
  • pine forests
  • Pinus palustris
  • plantations
  • private lands
  • public information
  • reptiles
  • sandhills
  • savannas
  • South Carolina
  • south Georgia
  • species diversity (animals)
  • species diversity (plants)
  • Tall Timbers Research Station
  • Texas
  • urban habitats
  • Virginia
  • Wade Tract
  • wildlife
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38072
Tall Timbers Record Number: 12627
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File (filed with Engstrom) and TT Author Reprints (Engstrom)
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the text... 'What may be even more surprising is that Georgia has bragging rights when it comes to old-growth longleaf pine forest. Of the old growth remaining in the forest*s historic nine-state range, almost 30 percent is in Georgia. Researchers estimate that when Europeans arrived in the Southeast, the longleaf pine ecosystem covered approximately 92 million acres from Virginia south along the Atlantic coast and west to the Gulf coast including eastern Texas. In 1995, that total regional acreage had declined to less than 3 million. Of the longleaf that is left, approximately 8,856 acres is old growth and 2,530 of those acres are in Georgia. The only state with more old-growth longleaf forest is Florida, which has more than 4,940 acres on Eglin Air Force Base alone. Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas have none.' ©2001 by Georgia Wildlife Press. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Holliday, P. P. 2001. Going, going... saving the longleaf pine ecosystem before it's gone, The fire forest: longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem [Georgia Wildlife special issue]. Covington, GA, Georgia Wildlife Press: Georgia Wildllife Federation, Natural Georgia Series 8, p. 54-62, 64.