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MAY 2014

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37 May 2014 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community pineland restoration proj- ects. The development of recovery plans for the spe- cies, beginning in 1985, helped identify the scale at which restoration should occur and the structural characteristics that manag- ers need to work toward. For example, the Ouachita National Forest in the Inte- rior Highlands of Arkansas, with a small population of the woodpecker, com- mitted to the restoration of some 250,000 acres of shortleaf pine–bluestem ecosystems with the revi- sions of their forest plans in 1994, 1996, 2002, and 2005. Another important step forward was the establish- ment of the The Longleaf Alliance in 1995. It had become apparent that interest in the longleaf ecosystem and the tree itself was growing rapidly, but there was no outlet for ecologists, foresters, wildlife biologists, landowners, and land man- agers seeking information or a means to distribute known information on long- leaf conservation and management. The main purpose of The Longleaf Alliance is to coordinate a partnership between private landowners, forest industries, state and federal agencies, conserva- tion groups, researchers, and other en- thusiasts interested in managing and restoring longleaf pine forests for their ecological and economic benefts. In 2007, under the leadership of the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Fish and Wild- life Service, a Regional Working Group of diverse organizations (including The Longleaf Alliance) was formed to de- velop America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative. The vision of this partnership is to strive toward creating viable long- leaf pine ecosystems with the full spec- trum of ecological, economic, and so- cial values. Multiple organizations and This map shows the likely historic (pre-European settlement) distribution of shortleaf and longleaf pine forests in the southeastern U.S. and is based on information at Based on geology, soil patterns, and topography, this map depicts the location of pre-European-settle- ment habitats, including those dominated by shortleaf pine (i.e., "pine-bluestem" and "pine-oak"). Central Hardwoods Joint Venture planners use this map to help identify where restoration of natural communities can be most successful. Map © Lee O'Brien, Todd Farrand-Jones, and Jane Fitzgerald 5-Pine Woodlands2.indd 37 5/22/14 7:54 PM

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