Southern Company, with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is funding the planting of millions longleaf pine seedlings to restore the longleaf pine forests that were commonplace in the South, and rivaled only by the tropical rainforests in terms of diversity.

Once numbering nearly 92 million acres, less than 3 percent of this magnificent forest remains. Today, it continues to disappear at a rate of 100,000 acres per year.

In northwest Florida, Southern Company and subsidiary Gulf power companies are helping the Nature Conservancy of Florida reach its goal of restoring 3,000 acres of longleaf pine habitat on the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve in the Florida panhandle.

“At Gulf Power, efforts like this to restore the signature forest system are just one part of our commitment to being good stewards of the environment,” explains Robin Finkle.

Southern Company, with NWFW, is helping rebuild ecosystems in the coastal plains and piedmont regions of the South through the Longleaf Legacy Program. See how this program is helping organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Florida restore and protect the historic Longleaf Pine Range >

Video courtesy of the Outdoor Channel.