Young longleaf pine. Credit: Bobistraveling/Flickr
Accelerating Longleaf Pine Restoration CFLR Project, which is committed to improving longleaf forest health across 567,800 acres in Osceola National Forest by 2020. We’ve also worked to restore longleaf pine through our Global ReLeaf program. Since 1992, American Forests has funded the planting of nearly four million longleaf pine across more than 8,500 acres in the state of Florida alone. This year, we are supporting the planting of an additional 420,000-plus longleaf pine in Osceola National Forest. When these trees mature, they could serve as potential habitat for approximately 315 red-cockaded woodpeckers, which would be a nine percent increase from the state’s current population and a 2.25 percent increase from the current national population.
The Global ReLeaf program depends in part on the support of dedicated members like you. With your help, American Forests can continue to expand our work restoring longleaf pine ecosystems to their historic populations.
Jami Westerhold, Esq., writes from Washington, D.C., and is American Forests’ director of forest restoration.