A mighty forest dominated by longleaf pine once covered an estimated 90 million acres of uplands ranging from southeast Virginia down the
Coast and across the
East Texas. Today, less than 3 million acres remains. Longleaf pine is superior to other southern pines in the production of high value wood products and it is among the most biodiverse of all forest systems. However, because of the decline of longleaf acreage, over 30 plant and animal species associated with the ecosystem are threatened or endangered.
The Longleaf Alliance is a partnership of agencies and individuals that promotes the ecological and economic values of longleaf ecosystems and encourages management practices focused on reversing the decline of longleaf forests.