In 2010, a diverse group of the region's resource management leaders formed the Shortleaf Working Group (SWG). This group began to focus regional attention on the extensive and rapid loss of shortleaf pine habitats and the associated values. As a result of the SWG's efforts, the Shortleaf Pine Conference (2011) in Huntsville, Alabama was a huge success, with more than one hundred and twenty of the region's resource managers attending. This conference galvanized the need for a much more extensive range-wide conservation effort in shortleaf pine habitats.
In 2013, to address the multiple threats facing this imperiled ecosystem, the Shortleaf Pine Initiative (SPI) was formed. The SPI represents a broad range of public and private organizations, as well as key state and federal agencies currently working in the shortleaf pine ecosystem. In addition, the SPI is currently forming an Advisory Committee and Planning Team to lead efforts in developing a range-wide conservation plan for shortleaf pine and launching an initiative to implement the plan's strategies and actions. The Advisory Committee represents an extensive group of conservation minded agencies and organizations with the common goal of restoring this imperiled ecosystem. Advisory Committee members currently include representatives from USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, State Forestry and Wildlife Agencies, USDA Cooperative Extension, National Association of Conservation Districts, University of Tennessee, American Forest Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Southeastern Association Fish and Wildlife, National Wild Turkey Federation, The Nature Conservancy, and Natural Resource Conservation Service. As of November 11th, 2014 Mike Black, formerly of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, is the director of the Shortleaf Pine Initiative.
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