LONGLEAF LEGACY PROJECT
Implemented by the Coastal Plain Conservancy and funded by Sasol through the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, the Longleaf Legacy Project is dedicated to the heritage, restoration and rebirth of the longleaf pine forest – an endangered and historically significant ecosystem. Project partners are engaged in a multi-year effort to restore the local ecosystem to its former majestic condition. The project began in 2016 and encompasses restoration efforts of more than 70 acres of longleaf pine habitat.
Southern longleaf pine forests are among the world’s most biologically diverse systems, home to some 300 species of birds and 2,500 species of plants.
Longleaf pine habitats also play a vital role in maintaining the long-term health of the region’s rivers, aquifers and freshwater springs. Habitat restoration projects are essential to stabilizing declining wildlife populations and maintaining healthy ecosystems.
Project partners are implementing management practices within the longleaf forests inside Sam Houston Jones State Park to restore degraded longleaf pine areas to their former majestic conditions and to reduce wildfire hazards.