Longleaf Management

Silviculture

Silvicultural Aspects of Longleaf Pine (Forestry Webinars)
This on-demand webinar provides information on longleaf’s life cycle, climate and soil requirements, fire adaptation, and general overview of longleaf silviculture, current markets and more.

Protecting Longleaf Pine (American Forest Foundation)
The key to healthy longleaf forests is to maintain the conditions in which longleaf pines thrive—plentiful sun by letting more sunlight get to the forest floor, limited competition, and fire that’s frequent but not destructive.

Longleaf Pine: Mature Stand Management (Texas A&M Forest Service)
A longleaf stand is a low risk species to manage. It is resistant to more serious diseases and insect pests that afflict other southern pines, its deep taproot minimizes wind throw damage during hurricanes and storms, and it’s more likely to survive a wildfire

Managing Longleaf Pine Forests for Wildlife (N.C. Forest Service)
Frequent, low intensity fires in longleaf forests create the habitat for a large and diverse group of wildlife. Fire removes debris and returns nutrients to the soil. This results in open areas that allow sunlight to reach the forest floor stimulating the growth of many grasses and legumes.

Understory Management

The Basics of Longleaf Understory Establishment and Enhancement (webinar) (American Forest Foundation)
This webinar focuses on site prep techniques, restoration strategies and plant selection for understory establishment or enhancement.

Native Alternatives for Food Plots in the Longleaf Ecosystem (Forestry Webinars)
Most of the Southeast’s primary game species (deer, turkey, quail) at one time thrived in natural longleaf pine ecosystems characterized by frequent fire and a diverse native herbaceous and shrub layer. This webinar will identify native alternatives for food plots that are commercially available and preferred by game species.

Prescribed Fire

Burning Longleaf Pine Forests (N.C. Longleaf Coalition)
Prescribed burning is an important forest management tool that can be used throughout the life cycle of a stand of trees to prepare a stand for planting, reduce fuel loads and mimic natural fire occurrences.

21st Century Fire Ecology in the South (U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station)
Though it’s widely accepted that prescribed fire promotes the diversity of longleaf pine understory plants, exactly how this happens is not well understood.

Reforestation

Reforestation With Longleaf Pine After Hurricane Damage (U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station)
Hurricanes and other major storms cause billions of dollars of damage to southern timber resources. If you add the increased risk of wildfire, insect infestations, and disease that accompany downed wood, you have millions of acres of forests vulnerable to further harm after the hurricane’s gone. One idea for reducing the vulnerability of forests to disturbance involves recreating the ecosystems that existed before they were replaced by loblolly pine plantations.

Regrowing Longleaf Pine (American Forest Foundation)
If you’d like to help restore longleaf pines your local forester can help you identify suitable sites, the appropriate tree planting strategy for your land to ensure longleaf trees get established in your woods. Here’s what you need to know.

Economics

Longleaf Economics Course (Longleaf Alliance)
This online course teaches the basic economics of growing and managing longleaf pine.

Markets for Longleaf Pines (American Forest Foundation)
Longleaf pines are also valued for the desirable timber and non-timber products they provide. These products can offer you significant income opportunities and a little extra security during unpredictable times.

The Economics of Longleaf Pine Management (N.C. Forest Service)
Longleaf pine naturally grows straighter, tapers less, and produces a stronger, heavier wood than loblolly pine. The superior wood quality brings top dollar for poles, pilings and grade sawtimber.