Longleaf pine forests are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world -- even more diverse than the Amazon. The natural range of the longleaf pine extends from Virginia to Texas. They can grow up to 120 feet tall and live up to 500 years. They are home to 300 species of birds and 2,500 species of plants of which about 900 of these plants are only found in longleaf pine forests.
These forests have many uses, which have been important to the South's livelihood. They provide lumber, medicines and resins as well as help protect animals at risk such as gopher tortoises, red-cockaded woodpeckers and indigo snakes.
Learn more about the importance of the longleaf pine in this infographic.
Learn more about Georgia-Pacific's commitment to sustainable forestry and conserving the longleaf pine at GP.com/Sustainability.