Shortleaf pine numbers are shrinking in the southeastern United States, but Arkansas and other states are working to restore the durable and long-living trees in the region's forests.
Arkansas has two programs -- the Western Arkansas Woodland Restoration project and the Shortleaf Pine Initiative's new restoration plan -- that operate in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service to revive the shortleaf pine's numbers.
The Western Arkansas Woodland Restoration project, started in 2014, covers 29 counties in western and northwestern Arkansas. It provides funding and technical assistance on public lands and for private landowners who choose to participate in replenishing forests, in general. Such efforts can include restoring the numbers of shortleaf pine trees or oak trees in a given area.