Joint federal-tribal longleaf pine restoration project benefits birds, baskets

Before the United States was settled by Europeans, longleaf pine forests covered about 90 million acres of the Southeast.

Post-settlement, most of these forests were logged for turpentine and lumber, and by 1975 they had been reduced to about 5 million acres.

Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with private landowners, state and federal agencies and conservation groups to restore the glory of the longleaf.