Longleaf pine forest conservation and restoration are critical priorities for protecting threatened and endangered species, and can also benefit landowners interested in improving game habitat. Restoring and managing frequent-fire longleaf pine may also benefit water yield, or the quantity of rainfall that makes it into streams, rivers, and groundwater. This webinar will summarize evidence that fire-managed longleaf pine forests consume less water than other forest types in the southeast, and has potential to improve water yield in southeastern watersheds. Potential tradeoffs of longleaf pine management for water yield, such as reduced carbon sequestration, will be presented. Balancing carbon and water benefits will be discussed in the context of the latest available science on forest carbon and water, and the relative value of these important ecosystem services at local, national, and global scales.Continue Reading
The Longleaf Partnership Council (LPC) has released a new communications fact sheet, Longleaf Pine: A Tall Drink of Water. This informational product showcases how protecting and restoring longleaf pine forests can help keep help keep drinking water safe, reliable, and affordable. The fact sheet also highlights how good stewardship can contribute to drinking water and the benefits for water utilities of investing in longleaf restoration.
The longleaf and drinking water fact sheet is the fourth in a series of communications documents that demonstrates how longleaf pine can provide certain advantages to landowners. The previous fact sheets featured longleaf pine’s resilience to insects and diseases, advantages during natural disasters, and unique tolerance to fire:
- Longleaf Resiliency: Insects and Diseases
- Blowing in the Wing: Advantages of Longleaf Pine in Wind Storms
- Thriving on Fire: The Resilient Longleaf Pine
Georgia’s water resources include 44,056 miles of perennial streams, 4.8 million acres of wetlands and hundreds of thousands of acres of impoundment.
This talk will explore the ways in which integrated watershed management can benefit forest landowners. We will explore water quality BMPs and and how they relate to management objectives including fisheries, aesthetics and sustainability.
No registration is required. Join the webinar here.