It’s hard to imagine today, but just over 100 years ago the coastal plains of America from Virginia to eastern Texas were covered by about 92 million acres of longleaf pines. Fortunately, we have folks like Vernon Compton who care about preserving and restoring the 1.3 million acres left in Northwest Florida and South Alabama.
The Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership (GCPEP) was formed in 1996 when its partners first came together to conserve and restore the dwindling longleaf pine ecosystem and the unique aquatic resources of north-west Florida and southern Alabama. Contributed photo
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