Online Learning – Longleaf Pine

Longleaf Economics Course
The longleaf forest is noted for its aesthetic beauty and a rich diversity of plants and animals. But longleaf has many unique wood properties and biological characteristics that make it economically competitive with other timber species. This electronic learning module, funded by a grant to the Longleaf Alliance, provides an overview of the economics involved with managing a commercial crop of longleaf pine.

The Basics of Longleaf Understory Establishment and Enhancement
This webinar addresses longleaf understory restoration topics including what plant species to use, whether to plant seed or plugs, and what site prep techniques and restoration strategies to use.

Rake in the Profits With Pine Straw
Pine straw is a non-timber forest product that is produced when southern pine trees such as longleaf, slash, or loblolly pines drop their needles in the fall. The resulting pine straw can be raked by hand or harvested using a mechanical raking machine and turned into bales. Landowners can manage their forest to harvest and then sell the straw on a per-acre or per-bale basis for a nice profit.

Silvicultural Aspects of Longleaf Pine
This webinar will look at the longleaf life cycle, climate and soil requirements and fire adaptation, and provide a general overview of longleaf silviculture. Other topics include current markets for longleaf pine wood, needles, and cones, and the ecological benefits of longleaf ecosystem service.

Introduction to the Longleaf Ecosystem
This video focuses on the economic history of the longleaf pine and current efforts to restore it to the Southern region.

Naval Stores Demonstration at the Shaw House

Turpentine Farming (video)
This video demonstrates how workers boxed longleaf pine trees and used the sap to make tar, pitch and turpentine.