The southeastern coastal plains of the United States were once covered by longleaf pine woodlands. These woodlands were home to many animals like flatwoods salamander and fox squirrels and, according to folklore, splinter cats and whirling whimpuses! Today we have less than one percent of this important resource left.
Join us as we find out what is being done to save this resource for the future. We'll visit one of the best examples of old growth longleaf pine anywhere: Greenwood Plantation. We'll also visit Moody Forest Natural Area to see how the Nature Conservancy and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are using prescribed burning to restore the forest to a healthy state.
We'll talk with author Janisse Ray about the importance of the restoration of the longleaf pine forest landscape. And we'll see visit the homes of this forest's keystone species- a gopher tortoise burrow and a red cockaded woodpecker's nesting cavity.
Gopher Tortoise Council
The Long Leaf Alliance
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
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