These forests are known for their many bird species, including shorebirds, gulls, eagles, hawks and loons. Newly planted Jack pine forests will also provide habitat for deer, turkey and grouse in addition to possible nesting areas for the adorable yet endangered Kirtland’s warbler.
Wildfires continue to burn thousands of acres in the western United States. Natural regeneration happens very slowly in this area because of the dry climate. Planting with native seedlings will reestablish forest cover within the burn scar that could otherwise take decades to recover naturally.
Newly planted forests in this region will help filter and absorb pollution, protect areas against soil erosion, provide habitat and help regulate water temperatures. Development in recent decades means there are fewer forested areas to filter pollutants and slow soil erosion.
This replanting project seeks to restore longleaf pine to a larger portion of its past natural range and to help restore Southeast forests back to their former splendor. Longleaf pine systems are naturally more resilient to climate extremes because they can resist disease and tolerate drought and wildfires.