The value of longleaf pine forests
means different things to different people. The following testimonial
statements are from
well-known enthusiasts and ecologists as well as from folks who have managed
longleaf in a sustainable fashion. These people value longleaf pine forests
for a range of reasons; from aesthetics and biodiversity to more directly
utilitarian reasons such as quail hunting habitat and high dollar products.
Ideally, folks would conserve longleaf ecosystems for intrinsic reasons.
We feel, however, that espousing longleaf pine's financial benefits is
productive as well.
President, Beadles Lumber Company, Moultrie, GA
Charley Tarver, President,
Forest Investment Associates, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Reed Noss, Professor,
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Janisse Ray, Writer and Environmental
Activist, Baxley, GA