What is a Longleaf Pine?

July 9th, 2019

The Aria® brand believes it’s important to give more than we take. That’s why we plant three new trees for every one we use. To do that, we partner with The Longleaf Alliance to plant longleaf pine trees.

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What's so important about the Longleaf Pine?

From its versatility to its habitats for wildlife to its long life (over 300+ years), there are so many reasons why we love the Longleaf Pine.

History of the Longleaf Pine

The longleaf pine was once the dominant species in the southern U.S, covering roughly 2/3 of the southeast. Not only can this tree grow in many different habitats ranging from the coasts to the mountains; it also provides a home for a diverse variety of wildlife. The longleaf pine was historically used for building infrastructure like homes or ships as well as making medicines. Unfortunately, the ecosystem has been in decline due to factors such as fire-suppression, forest conversion, urban and agricultural development, and invasive plant species

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Importance of the Longleaf Ecosystem

  • It adapts to many conditions. The longleaf pine can survive and thrive in flatwood, sandhill, rolling hill, and mountain habitats, allowing for wide land coverage.
  • It supports habitat biodiversity. When properly managed with controlled fire, the longleaf pine ecosystem is among the most biologically diverse habitats in North America. Animals such as fox squirrels, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, bobwhite quail, songbirds, bees, and butterflies, as well as several rare species like the red-cockaded woodpecker, indigo snake and the flatwoods salamander.
  • It can store a lot of carbon. Because longleaf pines can grow to an age of over 300 years, it has the ability to store carbon for long periods of time.

Why focus on the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem?

In order to make an ecological impact, we are focused on one type of cosystem. By building up this single system, we are able to drive long-term change in building back biodiversity, offsetting carbon, managing water, and conserving rare wildlife species within this important habitat.

Partnering with The Longleaf Alliance

The Longleaf Alliance is on a mission to guide the restoration, stewardship, and conservation of the longleaf ecosystem. They collect and distribute unbiased information about the management and restoration of the longleaf pine forests to landowners, managers, policy makers, educators, and the public. With emphasis on tree regeneration, restoring forest groundcover, and responsible management of prescribed fire and herbicides, The Longleaf Alliance looks at the full picture of how to develop a sustainable longleaf habitat.

For more information about The Longleaf Alliance, visit www.longleafalliance.org.