Flatwoods salamander. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

About the Paulding Longleaf Pine ReLeaf Project:

American Forests and the Longleaf Alliance are reforesting 50 acres of the Paulding Wildlife Management Area with 25,000 trees to restore longleaf pine to portions of its native range.

Global ReLeaf provides forests like this — and the communities that depend on them — with the restoration they need to thrive. Since 1990, American Forests has brought ReLeaf to forests in all 50 states and 45 countries, planting more than 45 million trees in the process.

ReLeaf Location:

Paulding Wildlife Management Area in Georgia

Key ReLeaf Activities:

  • Planting 25,000 trees across 50 acres
  • Restoring longleaf pine, a keystone species, to its native range
  • Restoring habitat for keystone species like the red-cockaded woodpecker

Why This ReLeaf Project?

The longleaf pine ecosystem once covered an estimated 90 million acres of the southeastern U.S. Today, just 2 million acres of longleaf remain — less than three percent of the historic range.

This project will restore 50 acres of longleaf pine, improving wildlife habitat on a new addition to the Paulding Wildlife Management Area in Paulding County, Ga. This popular wildlife management area offers hiking, fishing, camping, birding opportunities and more within accessible distance from Atlanta.

Why Longleaf Pine?

Nearly 600 species are associated with longleaf pine ecosystems, half of which are considered rare, more than 100 are at-risk and 30 are threatened or endangered. Indigo snakes, red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises and flatwoods salamanders all call longleaf forests home.

Longleaf forests can grow in sandy, dry and infertile soil or steep, mountainous slopes, and provide erosion control. They are more resistant to diseases, insects, fires and storms than other southeastern pines, making them well-suited to withstand increasing incidents and extreme weather associated with climate change.


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