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The birds’ preferred habitat is longleaf pine, which once covered 90 million acres from Texas to Virginia. Logging left fewer than 3 million acres, in fragmented chunks. Without enough good habitat, the birds went on the endangered list in 1970.


Logging done prior to 1920?

At the peak of the timber cutting in the 1890s and the first decade of the new century, the longleaf pine forests of the Sandhills were providing millions of board feet of timber each year. The timber cutters gradually moved across the South; by the 1920s, most of the "limitless" virgin longleaf pine forests were gone.

The United States Forest Service is conducting prescribed burning programs in the Francis Marion National Forest, located outside of Charleston, South Carolina. They are hoping to increase the Longleaf Pine forest type to 44,700 acres (181 km2) by 2017 and 53,500 acres (217 km2) in the long term.

I would think that forest management would be a better option than prescribed burning. Removing undesirable species and planting long leafed pines. How do they protect the animals from the burns?

In 1989, the forest was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Hugo; only the young growth survived the storm and its aftermath. Today, most trees in the forest do not predate this hurricane.

In August 2009, the Alabama Forestry Commission received 1.757 million dollars in stimulus money to restore longleaf pines in state forests.

Hmmmm, it was the loggers fault?

I would think that the 1.757 million could have paid for a lot of planting. What did they do with the money...produce more studies? do prescribed burning?

What is now in the areas that had been covered with long leafed pine? Cities? Tobacco? Cotton? I don't really know much about the area.
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