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Longleaf forests provide habitat for more than 900 plant and animal species – half of which are considered rare.

Landowners in Florida who want to establish or improve longleaf pine on their properties can take advantage of cost-share funds for a limited time.

Longleaf pine forests are the South's most unique ecosystem. These forests provide an important and diverse habitat that is home to 26 federally listed endangered species such as the indigo snake, red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher tortoise. They also provide outstanding habitat for white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.

Cost-share programs such as this are vital to restoring the longleaf pine to its former grandeur and to helping landowners maintain their lands as working forests. Working forests provide clean water, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities, which benefit landowners, wildlife, hunters and anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

This longleaf restoration and management opportunity is available thanks to a cooperative agreement between the Natural Resources Conservation Service and NWTF. Landowners do not have to be NWTF members to participate.

Landowners in Florida who are interested in this cost-share opportunity should contact Derek Alkire, NWTF regional biologist, at (352) 262-2373 or for more information.




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