The Longleaf Pine

Longleaf flat

In my opinion one of the most beautiful ecosystems in the Southeastern United States is that dominated long leaf pine. This species of pine covered about 92 million acres when the European Settlers arrived and today covers only about 3 million acres of its former native range.  These scattered 3 million acres stretch from the coastal plains of Virginia down to North Florida and west along the southern portions of Georgia, Alabama and…