Beidler Forest Longleaf Pine Restoration
About the Beidler Forest Longleaf Pine Restoration ReLeaf Project:
Alcoa Foundation, American Forests and Audubon South Carolina are partnering to restore forest areas of South Carolina with 11,600 longleaf pines to improve wildlife habitat in the region.
Dorchester County, S.C.
Key ReLeaf Activities:
- Planting 11,600 longleaf pines across 29 acres.
- Restoring wildlife habitat and a native ecosystem.
- Creating recreation opportunities.
Why This ReLeaf Project?
The reforestation effort in Dorchester County will greatly improve habitat for native wildlife, including wild turkey and Bachman’s sparrow. Additionally, long-term plans for the site call for a hiking and recreation area for visitors wanting to enjoy a longleaf savannah ecosystem.
Why Longleaf Pine?
Longleaf pine was once a dominant species in the Southeast, but forestry practices and logging have left much of South Carolina with a monoculture pine forest of loblolly. Loblolly is not as conducive, though, to wildlife habitat as longleaf. By planting longleaf pine, this project is restoring wildlife habitat for a variety of species, including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, fox squirrel, bobwhite quail, rattlesnakes and uncommon birds like Bachman’s sparrow and brown-headed nuthatch.