The Longleaf Legacy Program is restoring more than 830,000 acres of the South's vanishing longleaf pine ecosystem. The longleaf forest contains a stunning diversity of plants—nearly 600 species, half of which are considered rare. Building on this program, NFWF has established the Longleaf Stewardship Fund, a landmark public-private effort that combines resources from the U.S. Department of Defense, the USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Southern Company.
Five Star Restoration provides grants and technical assistance for community-based education and outreach projects in wetlands and coastal areas. Southern Company serves as the Southern region’s lead corporate sponsor of this effort, which is also supported by the EPA, the National Association of Counties, and Wildlife Habitat Council.
Southern Company’s Power of Flight Bird Conservation Fund focuses on the protection of imperiled bird species and their habitat. Launched in 2003, this partnership with NFWF is supporting the recovery of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and whooping crane, as well as other bird species characteristic of the South.