Longleaf pine on fire

Longleaf pine forests need fire. Fires remove competing woody vegetation and release nutrients, allowing the rich diversity of plant and animal species found in longleaf ecosystems to thrive. As temperatures rise in a changing climate, wildfires are expected to increase, making the longleaf pine a good bet for the future.

 

Credit: John Maxwell for USFWS

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Taken on May 18, 2006