Below is a brief description of some of the major accomplishments of The Longleaf Alliance from 1995 to 2008. To download and view the entire Progress Report from 2008, please click here.
Workshops – The Longleaf Alliance has conducted or participated in over 700 workshops and symposia in eleven different states, including all nine in the natural range of longleaf, focused on longleaf conservation. The audiences included scientists, natural resource professionals and forest landowners with total attendance estimated at 30,000.
Conferences – The Longleaf Alliance has organized and hosted seven major regional biennial conferences with average attendance at each of 350 longleaf enthusiasts from across the region and representing a full range of longleaf interests. In addition, The Longleaf Alliance has organized and hosted three montane longleaf conferences, three longleaf nursery conferences, one understory restoration conference, and three workshops for Department of Defense natural resource professionals.
Field Demonstrations – Nine field demonstration sites are maintained in the Southeast to promote good longleaf management practices and to serve as teaching aids. Six artificial regeneration sites are located in 4 states and three prescribed fire sites are located in Alabama.
Website – The Longleaf Alliance created and maintains a website, www.longleafalliance.org, containing a full spectrum of information and information sources on all things longleaf, including educational materials to supplement available curriculum aids on longleaf ecosystems targeted for and available to elementary and middle school teachers.
Publications and Videos
- Contributed to the publication of twenty-eight articles in refereed journals.
- Contributed over 110 articles published in non-refereed proceedings and papers.
- Contributed chapters to six published books, including The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem: Ecology, Silviculture and Restoration, published by Springer in 2006.
- Produced nine Research Notes, Management Notes, and brochures on longleaf pine.
- Compiled, edited and published the Proceedings of nine major longleaf pine conferences.
- Participated in the creation and production of seven videos and DVDs on longleaf pine conservation.
Contracts and Grants
- The Longleaf Alliance has been awarded over 80 contracts and grants by numerous state and federal agencies and NGOs for longleaf outreach and research.
- These contracts and grants have yielded a total of more than five million dollars.
- The Longleaf Alliance has consistently been awarded subsequent grants by prior grantors, attesting to the quality of the Alliance’s work.
Graduate Theses and Dissertations – The Alliance staff has been involved in approximately 20 theses and dissertations by graduate students pursuing Masters and PhD degrees.
Individual Contacts and Site Visits – The Alliance staff routinely handle literally thousands of one-on-one site visits, phone calls, and e-mail inquiries each year from landowners, researchers, and natural resource managers and professionals, seeking information and guidance on longleaf establishment, conservation and management.
Supporters – There are currently over 700 individuals and agencies who make gifts annually to the Alliance and the number continues to grow. Supporters receive specific publications with each gift renewal and all receive the quarterly newsletter, The Longleaf Leader.
Partners – The Alliance has partnered with a wide variety of state and federal agencies, NGOs, landowner groups, research institutions, and extension systems. The lists includes state natural resource agencies in every state in the longleaf range, USDA-NRCS, USDA- FSA, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the US Forest Service, the Department of Defense (including most if not all installations in the longleaf range), extension systems in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina, Tall Timbers Research Station, the Jones Ecological Research Center, Meadowview Research Station, Hitchcock Wood, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense, the National Wildlife Federation, Alabama Wildlife Federation, Mississippi Wildlife Foundation, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Southern Company/NFWF Longleaf Legacy, and others.
Cost-Share – The Alliance has administered or provided technical support for longleaf cost-share programs in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia for several years.
Awards and Honors – Since 1999, the Longleaf Alliance has received at least eight major awards and honor citations in recognition of the Alliance’s sustained quality work, leadership, and dedication to the conservation, restoration, and management of the South’s longleaf forest ecosystems.