At the Nature Conservancy's Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve in Liberty County, Florida, painstaking restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem has been underway for 15 years. The restoration enhances the protection of numerous rare species and the unique steephead ravines adjacent to the longleaf community. Through the reintroduction of fire to the system, we have been able to positively benefit rare species, such as Apalachicola rosemary and Alabama spiny-pod. Animals, such as the gopher tortoise and the red-cockaded woodpecker, depend upon a healthy longleaf pine forest. This is the second three-year long-term project conducted by TNC on the site. The State of Florida will provide the seedlings and over 150 volunteers will assist the 5 TNC staff in the site prep and planting. In the second stage, an additional 50,000 longleaf pine seedlings were planted on over 140 acres.
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