The Sandhills lie in the southwestern corner of North Carolina’s inner coastal plain. A region of rolling, sandy hills, it is one of the last places in the southeast where longleaf pine still dominates the landscape. Nationwide, just three percent of what was once longleaf pine ecosystem remains.
Longleaf pine provides key habitat for a variety of species that are endangered, threatened, or of concern; best known is the federally endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. Fort Bragg Military Installation has the greatest concentration of the birds in the Sandhills region and is considered the core of the Sandhills recovery population.
In 2000, the Army, USDI Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), state agencies, and private conservation groups formed the North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership (NCSCP). They share resources to:
- Coordinate public and private land protection and management programs in the Sandhills to beneﬁ t the longleaf pine ecosystem, emphasizing Red-Cockaded Woodpecker recovery.
- Identify resource and land use priorities.
- Develop resource protection and management strategies to meet conservation goals.
- Address the growing frequency of incompatible land uses on private lands adjacent to public land.
- Support military readiness at Fort Bragg.