In the new report, Standing Tall: How Restoring the Longleaf Pine Can Help Prepare the Southeast for Global Warming, the National Wildlife Foundation argues that extensive restoration of the longleaf—which once covered 90 million acres in the Southeast—could help the region cope more effectively with the worst effects of climate change.
According to an NWF news release, longleaf pine has a greater ability than other Southern pine species to withstand pests, windstorms, fires and drought, and to suck carbon pollution from the atmosphere.
Longleaf restoration has already begun in the region, the release states, with projects approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.
You can download the report at www.nwf.org/longleafpine.