Historically, longleaf pine ecosystems were the dominant forest type across the Southeast United States. Fire suppression and changes in land use have now reduced longleaf acreage to less than 5 precent of its original extent.

To restore these legacy forests, Texas A&M NRI is working with the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative – a coalition of federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, forest industry, private landowners, and other stakeholders. The initiative’s objective is to restore healthy and viable longleaf pine forests to the landscape, along with the full spectrum of cultural, ecological, economic and social benefits produced by this important ecosystem.  

Protection and restoration of longleaf pine forests will provide valuable habitat for wildlife; clean air and water for communities; economic opportunities for landowners through timber harvest; and stronger military readiness through compatible land uses near military test and training facilities.   

NRI understands the unique relationship between natural resources and national defense and has taken an active leadership role in the restoration initiative since its inception in 2007 by providing project management and outreach expertise, geospatial analyses, and policy development support.  

 

Stephanie Hertz
stephanie.hertz@ag.tamu.edu

Stephanie Hertz is a Project Manager for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute under the Military Lands Sustainability Program and Wildlife Conservation and Mitigation Program. She supports the Department of Defense (…

Jenny Sanders
jennifer.sanders@ag.tamu.edu

As a project specialist for NRI, Jenny brings unique skills and experience to the Engagement Team, starting with her M.S. program, which explored motivations for landowner participation in conservation programs, and later as …

Hannah Sodolak
Hannah.Sodolak@ag.tamu.edu

Hannah supports the operations of the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute’s Wildlife Conservation and Mitigation Program and Military Land Sustainability Program, serving as a liaison between the team members and the In…

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