Why We Burn: Restoring the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
The unique longleaf pine or wiregrass ecosystem was historically common in the coastal plain (low lying flat areas adjacent to the coast) of the southeastern United States. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, originally shaped by thousands of years of natural fires, this ecosystem has seen a 97% decline. In our recent excursion along the Apalachicola River, we visited this habitat and learned about what is being done to restore it.