Dr. John Willis and Dr. Dale Brockway of the US Forest Service Southern Research Station in Auburn, Alabama have released their 2021-2022 regional longleaf pine forecast report. This report includes current cone counts and conelet observations from 11 sites ranging from Louisiana to Florida and up to North Carolina. Fire and land managers can use these data to inform plans to maximize natural regeneration opportunities in mature longleaf stands. Download the full report here. For questions about the report contact Dr. John Willis (John.firstname.lastname@example.org).Continue Reading
America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative released its 2020 Range-wide Accomplishment Report celebrating a decade’s worth of accomplishments and significant progress towards restoring longleaf pine. Despite a turbulent 2020, ALRI’s dedicated partners proved resilient and recorded over 1.9 million acres of accomplishments ranging from new longleaf establishment, prescribed burning, land protection, and maintenance activitiesContinue Reading
In 2020, America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI) launched a new working group, Longleaf for All, as an ongoing commitment to be an advocate and partner for minority and unserved landowners, as well as minority professionals in the field of forestry and longleaf restoration.Continue Reading
Texas Longleaf Implementation Team (TLIT) and Texan by Nature (TxN) are working together to restore more longleaf in East Texas by securing additional cost-sharing opportunities through strategic partnerships. They groups aim to amplify their restoration impacts in East Texas by identifying possible landowner partners. To that end, they have developed a short survey.Continue Reading
The Longleaf Alliance works with multiple partners to provide longleaf pine seedling funds to landowners. In 2020, The Longleaf Alliance, planted 3.2 million longleaf pine seedlings on private and public lands in collaboration with restoration partners.
If interested in requesting financial assistance for an longleaf project for the 2021-2022 planting season, use the link below to submit your request by July 31st.
Submitting a request does not guarantee that funds will be available, but does allow us to more efficiently track those landowners or partners that are in need of assistance.Continue Reading
Employment Opportunity Announcement: Wildlife Technician
Application Due Date: June 11th, 2021 The Longleaf Alliance (TLA) is seeking one Wildlife Technician to assist with the recovery of the reticulated flatwoods salamander (Ambystoma bishopi) in the Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership (GCPEP) landscape.
Priority work will center on habitat restoration, population monitoring, and captive rearing. The position is full-time for two years with the possibility of an extension.
Duties: The Wildlife Technician will assist with ongoing projects focusing on the conservation of the federally endangered reticulated flatwoods salamander with work focused primarily on the Escribano Point Wildlife Management Area in Santa Rosa County, Florida.
Field duties for salamander monitoring include construction and maintenance of drift fences and funnel traps, drift fence monitoring, egg searching, larval monitoring, and collection of genetic samples from larval and adult salamanders.
The Wildlife Technician will participate in captive rearing (head-starting), involving the installation and maintenance of “cattle tank” artificial ponds that house larval salamanders (monitoring of water quality variables, collecting and culturing invertebrate prey, and tracking growth and development of larval salamanders).
The selected applicants will restore and monitor wetland habitat through the following activities: removal of woody vegetation and duff/muck through hand clearing using chainsaws and brushcutters, prescribed fire, invasive species control, and monitoring of vegetation and hydrology.
The selected applicant will work with the wildlife biologist to coordinate and occasionally oversee a four-person seasonal restoration crew.
This position will perform detailed data collection, entry, proofing, and database management to support project updates and grant reports.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, or related field and must have field experience and be comfortable working outside for long periods during non-standard hours and in inclement conditions both alone and with a team.
Preferred applicants will have NWCG fire certifications S130 and S190, as well as basic faller S212, however not required. Applicants should also be in good physical condition and comfortable walking long distances in the woods or wading in shallow water while carrying heavy equipment for short distances and hauling cut debris out of wetlands.
They should be familiar with the identification, collection, and handling of reptiles and amphibians, preferably in the southeastern US, including ability to safely remove venomous snakes from traps.
Additional qualifications: competence with 4×4 vehicle operation in challenging terrain, GPS navigation, GIS, field data collection, and data entry (i.e., Microsoft Excel), a desire and ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others in the office and field, especially under stressful conditions.
Applicants must possess a valid US driver’s license. Salary will range from $33,000 to $34,500 plus benefits and will be commensurate with experience.
A resume, cover letter, and three references (Supervisors) must be received no later than June 11th, 2021 electronically to: Charlie Abeles email@example.com 240-527-8146
Final candidates will be notified by June 18 th for interviews. Position start date is July 26th or sooner if possible.Continue Reading
The Longleaf Partnership Council (LPC) is pleased to announce a new communications fact sheet, Thriving on Fire: The Resilient Longleaf Pine. This informational product showcases longleaf pine’s unique tolerance to fire as well as highlights the economic and conservation benefit to planting longleaf and utilizing prescribed burning as a forest management practice.
The fire resiliency fact sheet is the third in a series of communications documents that was requested by the LPC in Fall 2017 to demonstrate how longleaf pine can outperform other pine species during natural disasters. The first communications document, Longleaf Resiliency: Insects and Diseases, was released in 2019, and the second, Blowing in the Wind: Advantages of Longleaf Pine in Wind Storms, was released in 2020.
The LPC’s sincere gratitude goes out to Lisa Lord of The Longleaf Alliance, Jennifer Fawcett of North Carolina State University Extension Forestry, and David Godwin of the Southern Fire Exchange and the University of Florida for writing and designing this document, and Evan Wheeler for literature review. The LPC is also very thankful to those who reviewed the content, and the funding partners at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, International Paper, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Georgia Wildlife Federation.Continue Reading
The Owen Fellowship aims to advance longleaf pine research through a $15,000 scholarship award for graduate students. The recipient will attend the 2022 Biennial Longleaf Conference, conduct research related to longleaf pine conservation, management, or restoration, and present their research at the 2024 Biennial Longleaf Conference. TLA is accepting applications September 1st to December 31st.Continue Reading
F&W Forestry Services, in cooperation with the University of Georgia’s Plantation Management Research Cooperative (PMRC), is currently identifying properties where permanent inventory plots can be established for developing new longleaf pine growth and yield models for the Southeast US. The project is supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and results will be publicly available from the study.
F&W is seeking permission to establish 300 research plots on properties in the Coastal Plain region of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The identification of sites for plot establishment must meet the following criteria:
(1) Cutover sites
(2) Site prepared
(3) Planted containerized planted longleaf (Pinus palustris) 1-0 seedlings
(4) No following year interplanting
(5) Unthinned stands
(6) At least 5 years old (preferably at least 7-8 years old) at time of tree tagging/numbering
(7) No planned harvests for at least 5 years
(8) Ideally a candidate property will have multiple longleaf stands with variable age classes and site
In addition to these requirements, ideal additional information will include:
(1) Site preparation methods and chemical rates (if applicable)
(2) Seedling source
(3) Month and year planted
(4) If pine straw has been raked
(5) Plantation spacing
(6) First and second year herbaceous control and rates (if applicable)
(7) Previous stand origin (planted or natural)
Those interested in contributing sites to the study can contact John Bell at 229.883.0505 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.Continue Reading
In this January 2021 CBS Mission Unstoppable episode, University of Florida fire ecology professor and Southern Fire Exchange program Principle Investigator Dr. Rae Crandall uses match stick forests, metal trees, and a recent prescribed fire to explain basic principles of fire behavior and effects. This short five minute video would be a great introduction to fire in the Southeast.Continue Reading