Local Implementation Team Contacts

As envisioned in the Conservation Plan, implementation of on-the-ground restoration efforts requires coordination at the state and local levels across agencies and across all lands. So far, implementation teams and other collaborative efforts have formed in 18 locations across 9 states, as shown by the map below. The implementation teams are taking on tasks including:

  • Convening multi-stakeholder efforts to support longleaf pine restoration;
  • Developing maps and information as well as providing a forum for developing priorities for restoration; and
  • Identifying and following through with landowners and managers to fund, implement, and evaluate restoration projects.

A 2014 document created by The Nature Conservancy, "Longleaf Pine - Protecting and Restoring an American Treasure", showcases many of the Local Implementation Teams included below.

Click on the name of the local implementation team in the map below for contact information for each.


Virginia State Coordination
Jim Schroering Virginia Department of Forestry
Virginia Longleaf Pine Cooperators Group
Brian Van Eerden The Nature Conservancy

North Carolina

North Carolina Longleaf Coalition (State Coordination Team)
Barry New North Carolina Forest Service
Susan Miller U.S. Forest Service
North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership
Jeff Marcus The Nature Conservancy
Onslow Bight Conservation Forum
Hervey McIver The Nature Conservancy
Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration
Michelle Ly The Nature Conservancy
Debbie Maurer The Nature Conservancy

South Carolina

South Carolina State Coordination Team
Russell Hubright South Carolina Forestry Commission
Sandhills Longleaf Pine Conservation Partnership
Charles Babb Sandhills Longleaf Pine Conservation Partnership
Southern Lowcountry/ACE Basin
Jennie Haskell The Longleaf Alliance
Sewee Longleaf Conservation Cooperative
Patrick Ma The Nature Conservancy


Alabama Longleaf Ecosystem Restoration Team (State Coordination Team)
Tim Albritton USDA-NRCS, AL
Ad Platt The Longleaf Alliance
David Kelley Alabama Forestry Commission
William Brantley Alabama Forestry Commission
Talladega-Mountain Longleaf Conservation Partnership
Davis Goode The Nature Conservancy
Chattahoochee Fall Line Conservation Partnership
LuAnn Craighton The Nature Conservancy
East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture
Catherine Rideout U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Georgia State Coordination
Ryan Phillips Georgia Forestry Commission
Fort Stewart/Altamaha Longleaf Restoration Partnership
Wendy Ledbetter The Longleaf Alliance


Okefenokee-Osceola Local Implementation Team (O2LIT)
Kimberly Tillman Alachua Conservation Trust
Barry Coulliette Alachua Conservation Trust
Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance
Diane Alix The Nature Conservancy


Florida State Coordination
Bonnie Stine Florida Forest Service
Ocala Local Implementation Team
Kimberly Tillman Alachua Conservation Trust
Barry Coulliette Alachua Conservation Trust
Heartland Local Implementation Team
Cheryl Millett The Nature Conservancy


Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership
Vernon Compton The Longleaf Alliance


Mississippi Longleaf Coordination Team (State Coordination Team)
Dave Godwin Mississippi Forestry Commission
Tamara Campbell U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Desoto/Camp Shelby Longleaf Implementation Team
Becky Stowe The Nature Conservancy of MS


Louisiana State Coordination
CC Richmond Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
West-Central Louisiana Ecosystem Partnership
Dan Weber The Nature Conservancy


Texas State Coordination
Hughes Simpson Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas Longleaf Team
Jenny Sanders Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute