Restoration & Management
A fully functioning longleaf ecosystem supports wildlife, creates a forest with economic benefits, and maintains a habitat that is aesthetically pleasing to the landowner. The underlying force that drives these functions is the presence of healthy groundcover.
Native groundcover species provide fine fuels that are necessary for prescribed burning, and can help deter invasive species that alter or preclude the natural role of fire.
The longleaf forest is one of the most diverse habitats in North America. This extraordinary diversity comes from the abundant plant life that is found in the groundcover of the longleaf ecosystem, and the species of plants and animals that naturally evolved together.
Diversity in the groundcover plant community leads to diversity in the wildlife community. Many wildlife species require early successional habitats that prosper with frequent fire. These habitats are dominated by herbaceous grasses and wildflowers.
Check out our Groundcover Restoration story for an introduction to the why and how of groundcover restoration.
Of course, contact us for help with any questions you may have about groundcover restoration. Please also consider attending one of our Academy programs, including the Understory Diversity 201 and the Groundcover Restoration 201 courses.