This book is written in an easy-to-read format for the private landowner in the deep South, the heart of the range of longleaf pine. Longleaf pine was once part of the single largest forest area dominated by a single tree species in North America, covering as much as 90 million acres. Today, about 4 million acres remain and much of the ecosystem associated with the longleaf forest is in poor condition. The future of longleaf as a viable economic and ecological component of our Southern landscape rests in the hands of private landowners. Well-managed longleaf forests can provide high-value forest products, excellent wildlife habitat for game and nongame wildlife and scenic beauty all on the same property with few or no trade-offs. As you read through these pages, you will get some ideas about how longleaf forests can fit into the landscape on your property.