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Private Landowner's Commitment Essential to ALRI Story
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Private landowners like Joseph McKinney are a vital piece of the ALRI success story. By utilizing NRCS cost share and technical assistance programs and working with local partners, Mr. McKinney is bringing back the majestic longleaf pine to his land and leaving a legacy for future generations.

LPC Releases New Fact Sheet on Advantages of Longleaf in Windstorms
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The Longleaf Partnership Council is pleased to announce a new communications fact sheet emphasizing the benefits of longleaf pine during windstorms such as hurricanes and tornadoes.  

ALRI Illustrates Substantial Gains in 2019 Range-wide Accomplishment Report
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The 2019 Range-wide Accomplishment Report shines the spotlight on achievements in longleaf pine restoration activities over the past year and encourages further collaboration among partners in a push to reach our goal of 8 million acres of longleaf pine across the range.

Texas Longleaf Implementation Team Creates Groundcover Plants Photo Gallery
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The Texas Longleaf Implementation Team has created a photo gallery of groundcover plants of longleaf forests.  These species can be found in wet longleaf pine forests and upland pine forests/woodlands in East Texas.  The photo gallery is an ongoing project so check back for updates!

NFWF Requests Proposals for Development of Longleaf Pine Growth & Yield Model
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has released the a Request for Proposals for the development of a longleaf pine growth and yield model.  The deadline for proposals is Thursday, April 30th. 

NRCS Releases Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Restoration FY20-24 Implementation Strategy
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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently released the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Restoration FY20-24 Implementation Strategy! The five-year strategy provides guidance on restoring, improving, and maintaining longleaf pine forests in the Southeast U.S.

Sentinel Landscapes Documentary to Premiere at DC Environmental Film Festival
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The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership will premiere “The Sentinels” on March 13th during the D.C. Environmental Film Festival.

Interview With The 2020 Longleaf Partnership Council Chair
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Find out why current Longleaf Partnership Council Chair Tiffany Woods is excited to be involved in longleaf restoration and the ALRI mission!

NFWF Resilient Communities Program Now Accepting 2020 Proposals
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has released the 2020 Request for Proposals for the Resilient Communities program.  This national program supports projects that focus on enhancing healthy forest ecosystems.  The deadline for pre-proposals is Tuesday, February 18th. 

New Interactive Landowner Resources Tool Available for Longleaf Landowners within Designated Sentinel Landscapes
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The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership has released a new Interactive Landowner Resources Tool.  The goal for this product is to make it easier for landowners to find voluntary state and federal landowner assistance programs and can be found on the redesigned Sentinel Landscapes website.

Fall 2019 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting
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The biannual Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting was held on October 30, 2019, in Hilton Head, SC, to discuss the business of the LPC as well as promote broader understanding, coordination, and participation in ongoing activities in support of longleaf pine restoration to reach the eight million acre goal called for in The Range-wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf Pine.  

NFWF Longleaf Stewardship Fund Now Accepting Proposals for 2020
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NFWF recently released the 2020 Request for Proposals for the Longleaf Stewardship Fund, inviting all interested to submit applications for project grants that restore, enhance, and maintain the longleaf pine ecosystem on private and public lands. Additional funding this year is also available to support bottomland hardwood restoration and enhancement in focal areas of Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 2:00pm Eastern and all proposals are due by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Fall 2019
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The local implementation teams were hard at work in 2019! From invasive species control to increasing prescribed burns, read all about the incredible work being done by the backbone of America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative.

Gopher Tortoise Habitat Protection Part of 2019 REPI Challenge Award
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The Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay project received an $8 million REPI Challenge Award to, among other actions, restore and manage longleaf pine habitats, including gopher tortoise habitat, on the coast of Georgia.

NFWF Announces $6.3 Million in Grants to Benefit Longleaf Pine Habitat and Wildlife in Nine Southeastern States
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundations’ Longleaf Stewardship Fund awarded 24 grants totaling $6.3 million to restore, enhance, and protect longleaf pine forests in the Southeast. These grants will support efforts to conserve more than 316,000 acres of longleaf pine habitat and recover populations of at-risk wildlife. With non-federal matching contributions, that’s more than $11.2 million going towards longleaf restoration!

2018 Range-wide Accomplishment Report Celebrates A Decade of Restoration

The 2018 Range-wide Accomplishment Report celebrates the progress made in longleaf restoration over the past year and the past decade. Click here to read about how this year’s Report showcases ALRI's impacts in longleaf restoration from 2010-2018 and the values provided to the American people and the landscape.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Winter 2019
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The local implementation teams were hard at work the second half of 2018! From invasive species control to increasing prescribed burns, read all about the incredible work being done by the backbone of America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative.

Interview With The 2019 Longleaf Partnership Council Chair

Get to know the current Chair of the Longleaf Partnership Council, Gary Burger!

Spring 2019 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting

The Longleaf Partnership Council and friends recently met to discuss the recent accomplishments and future of longleaf restoration in Columbus, Georgia, on April 1-2, 2019. Click the title to read all about it!

2019 Acres for America Program Now Accepting Pre-Proposals

NFWF is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2019 Acres for America program. The goal of Acres for America is to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Approximately $3.6 million is available for projects in 2019 and in the past, several grants have been awarded to longleaf projects! Click the title for more information.

Longleaf Leader Details Post-Hurricane Recovery and Restoration
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An article in the most recent edition of The Longleaf Alliance's quarterly newsletter, The Longleaf Leader, describes the post-hurricane recovery and economic assessment of the Southeast states hit by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Click the title to read the full article about what is being done and how landowners have been affected in the wake of these natural disturbances.

NFWF Longleaf Stewardship Fund Now Accepting 2019 Requests for Proposals
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is now accepting grant proposals through their Longleaf Stewardship Fund to preserve and restore longleaf pine forests and ecosystems throughout the Southeast. An informational webinar will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 2:00pm Eastern. All proposals are due by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Click on the title for more information.

Fall 2018 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting
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The Longleaf Partnership Council recently met to discuss the business of ALRI and engage with other longleaf enthusiasts at the 12th Bienniel Longleaf Conference in Alexandria, Louisiana, on October 22-23, 2018. Click the title to read all about it!

ALRI Partners Featured in Longleaf Leader Article
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The feature article of the Longleaf Alliance's Fall 2018 newsletter, The Longleaf Leader, showcases how ALRI came to start, how the different conservation groups, state and federal agencies, and private landowners work together to restore the longleaf ecosystem, as well as why this successful model of cooperative partnership can be used for other at-risk habitats.

Longleaf Alliance Announces 2018 Regional Longleaf Award Recipients
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The Longleaf Alliance will be presenting twelve Regional Longleaf Awards recognizing individuals and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to longleaf restoration across the range at this year's Biennial Longleaf Conference. A Recognition and Awards Luncheon will be held during the conference on Wednesday, October 24th. Congratulations to all of this year's deserving recipients!

NFWF Announces $6.5 Million in Grants Through Longleaf Stewardship Fund
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundations's Longleaf Stewardship Fund awarded 28 conservation grants totaling a record-breaking $6.5 million to benefit longleaf conservation efforts throughout the entire nine state region of ALRI. After matching contributions from outside partners, that's over $14 million going towards the restoration, enhancement, and protection of longleaf pine in the Southeast!

NFWF 2018 Conservation Partners Program Open for Proposals
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The NFWF 2018 Conservation Partners Program is now open for proposal applications! The longleaf ecosystem, as a priority area of the Working Lands for Wildlife program, is eligible for funding. The deadline for proposals is August 22nd, with an applicant webinar on July 26th.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Spring 2018
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The incredible gains being made in longleaf conservation and restoration would not be possible without the tireless work being done by the local implementation teams! Click here to read about everything they've been up to this Spring!

Longleaf Pine Interactive Story Map Now Available
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This story introduces the America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative and showcases how the 17 Local Implementation Teams (LITs) across the historic range of longleaf pine are working to identify collaborative goals and restoration priorities.

Spring 2018 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting
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The Longleaf Partnership Council and friends recently met to discuss the recent accomplishments and future of longleaf restoration in Biloxi, Mississippi, on May 14-15, 2018.

NFWF Longleaf Forests and Rivers Business Plan Now Available
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently released the Longleaf Forests and Rivers Business Plan to help inform grant investments through the Longleaf Stewardship Fund over the next 10 years. This business plan is meant to establish NFWF's role in larger conservation efforts, as well as invest in areas where gaps might exist to support the broader conservation community. Click here to check it out!

2017 Range-wide Accomplishment Report Details Longleaf Restoration Work
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The public and private partners involved in the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI) accomplished an impressive 1.7 million acres of longleaf restoration work in 2017, according to a report recently released by the Longleaf Partnership Council.

Marines and woodpeckers share the high ground
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Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others, to help restore the red-cockaded woodpecker population in and around its lands.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Winter 2017
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Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

Southern Georgia Named ‘Sentinel Landscape’ for Readiness Enhancement
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Exciting news! Georgia has been named a Sentinel Landscape by the departments of Agriculture, Defense and Interior, through the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership. Click on the title for more information!

Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2018 Request for Proposals
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is now accepting grant proposals through their Longleaf Stewardship Fund to preserve and restore longleaf pine forests and ecosystems throughout the Southeast.

An informational webinar will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 2:00pm Eastern.

All proposals are due by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Click on the title for more information.

Accelerating Prescribed Burns on NRCS Contracts
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The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is seeking applications to assist USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in accelerating the implementation of prescribed burns on contract lands in Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The deadline to apply is January 17, 2018, at 5pm Eastern. Potential applicants should follow the link for more information.

Interview With The 2018 Longleaf Partnership Council Chair
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Find out what Andrew Schock had to say about the longleaf pine initiative. Click on the title for the full interview.

Acres for America Supports Land Conservation Projects in Eight States
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Longleaf forests in Texas and North Carolina are getting grants from Acres of America!

Fall 2017 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting
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The Longleaf Partnership Council conducted another productive semiannual meeting in the Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve in Southern Pines, North Carolina, on October 23-25, 2017.

$5.5 Million Announced for Longleaf Pine Forests and Ecosystems
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Great news! $5.5 million in grants has been awarded to support the restoration of the longleaf ecosystem in nine states.

Growing Trees, Growing Species
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An inspiring conversation with two tree farmers who are champions for the longleaf pine ecosystem!

Local Implementation Team Updates - Summer 2017
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Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

NRCS Releases a 2 Year Longleaf Pine Implementation Strategy
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Read about the new 2 year implementation strategy for longleaf pine restoration.

Longleaf Pine Cone Prospects for 2017 and 2018
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Click on the article to learn about longleaf pine cone prospects for 2017 and 2018.

Spring 2017 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting
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The Longleaf Partnership Council concluded another productive semiannual meeting in Montgomery, AL on April 4, 2017.

Protecting Military Readiness and the Iconic Gopher Tortoise at the Same Time
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Learn more about the Gopher Tortoise and how they are being protected by the Conservation Plan.

Interview With The New Chair for the Longleaf Partnership Council
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Get to know the new Chair of the Longleaf Partnership Council, Dr. Jim Guldin!

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is Now Accepting Proposals
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Click on the article to find out more information about funding opportunities.

Download the Florida Gopher Tortoise Smartphone App
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Learn more about a new app that will help the gopher tortoise population and FWC biologists.

Longleaf Conservation Receives Technological Assistance
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A news article has been published that discusses new technological advances that scientists are using to conserve longleaf pine.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is Soliciting Proposals
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to expand and enhance longleaf pine ecosystem restoration and management across longleaf pine’s historical range.

Fall 2016 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting
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The Longleaf Partnership Council concluded another productive semiannual meeting in Savannah, GA on November 1, 2016.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Fall 2016
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Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

Longleaf Gets a Boost on Private Lands in Alabama and Florida
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Read about how different partners have come together to restore longleaf in Florida and Alabama.

2016 Regional Longleaf Award Recipients Announced
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The Longleaf Alliance is proud to announce the recipients for the 2016 Regional Longleaf Awards. Click on the title to view the entire list of awards.

Patriotic Pine: Longleaf Benefits National Defense
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Read about how Longleaf and our National Defense compliment each other through the blog Patriotic Pine.

Interview with the President of The Longleaf Alliance
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Get to know more information about Robert Abernethy and why he is passionate about longleaf.

Easy Way to Connect and Receive Conservation Help
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Learn more about the Conservation Client Gateway presented by USDA.

21 Projects Receive Funding for Longleaf Restoration
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that several longleaf projects have received funding. Check out the entire story here.

Secrets of the Longleaf Pine Documentary Wins a 2016 Southeast Emmy Award
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Learn more about the "Secrets of the Longleaf Pine" documentary and it's recent achievement!

Interview with the 2016 Longleaf Partnership Council Chair
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Find out what Troy Ettel had to say about the longleaf pine initiative. Click on the title for the full interview.

Longleaf: The Heart of Pine
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A new documentary will be airing this Sunday, May 8th. Click on the title for more information.

Getting to the Goal- Spring 2016 Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting
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The Longleaf Partnership Council concluded another productive two day semiannual meeting in St. Simons Island, GA on April 11-12, 2016.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Spring 2016
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Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

USDA Offers Assistance to Producers Interested in Restoring and Enhancing Longleaf Pine Forests
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Here is a great opportunity for you to get involved in helping to restore Longleaf Pine forests.

USDA Announces Funding for 2016 Longleaf Project
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Learn about which Longleaf projects received funding for 2016 and other projects across the country.

2016 Regional Conservation Partnership Program Awards Announced
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Several states were awarded funding to help restore Longleaf Pine - check out the winners!

Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2016 RFP Available
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking proposals to expand, enhance and accelerate longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across longleaf pine’s historical range.

USDA helps restore, manage Longleaf Pine forests on private lands
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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced that $10.6 million in funding will be made available to the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem.

Quail and Fire: leaving a legacy for fire ecology
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Learn about how prescribed burning has effected the Quail environment.

Secrets of the Longleaf Pine Air Dates
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The new documentary about Longleaf Pine is set to premiere. Check out the dates and times here!

Local Implementation Team Updates - Fall 2015
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Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

Love Longleaf, Love to Camp? Check out NWF's Blog!
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Discover this great event that the National Wildlife Federation is sponsoring to connect people to the great outdoors.

Longleaf Pine in the New York Times
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Longleaf Pine made a recent appearance in the New York Times.

Longleaf Pine on Louisiana Quarter beginning in 2015
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America the Beautiful Quarters Program released the upcoming coins that will begin circulation this year. Kisatchie National Forest in the state of Louisiana was honored as one of the five National Forests to be on the coins.

Ancient Tree Stumps Shed New Light on Fire in Florida
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Jean Huffman has been decoding tree stumps in Florida to help land managers restore the Longleaf Pine ecosystem.

Longleaf Pine Awarded Funding Through NFWF
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On June 30, 2015, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that $4.6 million was awarded in grants to support 22 projects across nine states. This funding will help restore 11,600 acres of Longleaf pine and enhance additional 163,000 acres.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Spring 2015
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Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

USDA Now Accepting 2016 RCPP Proposals
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On May 4, 2015, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Partners Convene in Florida for Spring 2015 Meeting
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Members and friends of the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative convened in Pensacola, Florida on April 6-7, 2015 in conjunction with the 12th Annual Stewardship Partners Meeting by Southern Company and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Local Implementation Team Updates - Winter 2015
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Interested in what the longleaf local implementation teams are up to? Read further for updates, and see all the great work that is being done across the range!

New Farm Bill Program to Help Protect Longleaf’s Legacy for Future Generations
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A new Farm Bill program named the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, or RCPP, is providing support to the longleaf restoration effort.

Longleaf Pine Awarded Funding Through USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program
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On January 14, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states and Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2015 RFP Available
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to expand and enhance longleaf pine ecosystem restoration and management across longleaf pine’s historical range.

Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting for Fall 2014
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The Longleaf Partnership Council will convene its semi-annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama this October 20-21, 2014.

Media Mentions for ALRI 5th Anniversary Celebrations
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Good news! After the 5th anniversary celebration events in D.C., the “buzz” about America’s Longleaf is continuing to spread via several media.

Celebrating Progress and Promise in DC
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“Longleafers” from across the range will gather in the nation's capital on July 22 to celebrate five years of restoration progress while also looking ahead to next steps in advancing the America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative.

Infographic Highlights 2013 Accomplishments
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An infographic has been created to highlight 2013 accomplishments by America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative.

Longleaf Pine Announced as a Critical Conservation Area for the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow to launch a new era in American conservation efforts with an historic focus on public-private partnership.

Longleaf Partnership Council News - "Accomplishments and Challenges"
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Mike Black, Chair of the Longleaf Partnership Council, reflects on the Council's Spring 2014 meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Longleaf Partnership Council Convenes in Biloxi
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The Longleaf Partnership Council convened once again for its two day, semiannual meeting in Biloxi, MS on April 7-8, 2014.

Ranking NRCS Official Joins America’s Longleaf Team
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Recently appointed as Southeast Regional Conservationist at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, James E. Tillman Sr. is now adding his extensive conservation experience and many talents to America’s Longleaf.

Longleaf Gets a Boost in Mississippi’s Piney Woods
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A multi-year partnership is investing $1.7 million during FY14 in Mississippi's Upper Black Creek Watershed to reduce wildfire risk, restore native habitat including longleaf pine ecosystems that are home to the threatened gopher tortoise, and decrease sedimentation and erosion.

1.38 Million Acres of Longleaf Restoration Work in 2013
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The public and private partners involved in the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI) accomplished an impressive 1.38 million acres of longleaf restoration work in 2013 according to a report recently released by the Longleaf Partnership Council.

Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2014 RFP Available
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking proposals to expand, enhance and accelerate longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across longleaf pine’s historical range.

Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell Touts Conservation of Longleaf Pine Habitat
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Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell paid a visit to South Carolina recently where she touted local efforts to conserve longleaf pine habitat and cited the project as an example of why full funding by Congress is needed for the Land & Water Conservation Fund.

Longleaf Featured in FWS News
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Thanks to efforts by Clay Ware, Longleaf Pine Recovery Coordinator for USFWS, the "well-oiled restoration machine" known as America's Longleaf has been profiled in Fish & Wildlife News, a national publication that reaches thousands of natural resource professionals.

Leadership Council Convenes in Charleston
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The Longleaf Partnership Council gathered again on October 22-23 in conjunction with the national convention of the Society of American Foresters in Charleston, SC.

Restoring Longleaf, Restoring the Gulf
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The Longleaf Partnership Council is eagerly pursuing a remarkable opportunity to accelerate longleaf ecosystem restoration while also contributing to the restoration of the Gulf Coast and the revitalization of its economy.

One-on-One with Mike Black, NBCI
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This is the first in a series of interviews of longleaf leaders from across the range who, along with their organizations, are making uniquely important contributions to the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative. Mike Black is the Forestry Coordinator for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) and in October 2013 will take the reins as the Chair of the Longleaf Partnership Council.

Local Lessons, Shared Nationally
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At the request of America's Great Outdoors, America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative recently held a webinar to share lessons learned and helpful insights with other teams working across the country on landscape level restoration projects. Participants from the Northern Forests of New England, the Crown of the Continent in the northern Rockies and the Southwest Deserts all joined in for a lively discussion on the challenges of mounting restoration efforts at large, multi-state scales.

Longleaf Planting Densities
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Planting densities for longleaf have been the subject of many conversations among foresters, wildlife biologists and landowners for several years. To address the situation, the Longleaf Partnership Council (LPC) developed a White Paper on Longleaf Pine Planting Density (2016) and Fact Sheet, providing landowners a discussion of the potential benefits and drawbacks of a range of planting densities.

DEP Awarded $1.75 Million to Conserve Nearly 21,000 Acres Buffering Eglin Air Force Base
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Trust for Public Land and landowner M.C. Davis are partnering to conserve 20,850 acres of critical habitat land east of Eglin Air Force Base after being awarded $1.75 million from the U.S. Department of Defense as part of the 2013 REPI Challenge.

Range-Wide Conservation Strategy for the Gopher Tortoise Now Available
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with and input from the States of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and South Carolina, and the Wildlife Diversity Committee of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, recently released a Range-Wide Conservation Strategy for the Gopher Tortoise. The purpose is to guide public and private partners in proactive conservation of the tortoise, which is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act across most of its range.

Study Documents Economic Benefits of Longleaf Restoration
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Not only is longleaf being successfully restored on the Osceola National Forest, the restoration efforts are generating significant positive returns for the broader economy according to a recent study. The Florida project has received considerable attention from conservationists for its ambitious goals of doubling prescribed fire acreage on the Forest, reducing fuel loads and restoring groundcover. Now impressive economic benefits have also been documented at the local, state and national scales.

Longleaf Partnership Council Convenes in Mobile
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The biannual meeting of the Longleaf Partnership Council was conducted in Mobile on April 25-26. The Council meeting focused on range-wide topics (e.g., how the RESTORE Act prompted by the Gulf oil spill might offer longleaf opportunities) as well as technical team reports (e.g., recommendations on longleaf seedling stocking density) and, last but certainly not least, updates from partners around the region.

Achieving and Documenting Restoration Success: What’s Next?
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Somewhere down the road, when the history of longleaf restoration is written, the year 2012 will almost certainly be seen as a significant milestone. Last year, after decades of steady decline in longleaf, the USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) first determined that the decline had been halted and, indeed, that acres of longleaf dominated forests had actually increased in the previous 10 years.

Robert Abernethy to Lead the Longleaf Alliance

Highly regarded for his decades of involvement with a range of wildlife and land management issues, Mr. Abernethy assumed the Presidency of the Alliance on December 1, 2012 after most recently serving in a senior position with the National Wildlife Turkey Federation.

Longleaf Partnership Council Meeting: Fall 2015
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The Longleaf Partnership Council concluded another successful two day semiannual meeting in Baton Rogue, LA on Nov 2-3, 2015.

Longleaf Highlighted on the National Stage
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More than 200 longleaf supporters gathered in Washington, DC on July 22 for a series of memorable events to celebrate five years of restoration progress by the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative.

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