This article, Return of the Fire Forests, that was published in The Wildlife Professional by Nala Rogers describes how “Longleaf Pine Restoration Pays Off for Wildlife.”
The following is an excerpt from the article that references IFCO’s COO, Wayne Bell, explaining why IFCO’s longleaf seedlings are a better investment.
“A few decades ago, anyone planting longleaf could expect more than half of them to die, says Wayne Bell, chief operating officer of the International Forest Company, which produces about a quarter of all longleaf seedlings sold.
In 1983, Bell’s company became the first to sell longleaf seedlings grown in little plastic cups that keep the roots in a bundle. Such “containerized” seedlings can be lifted from the soil with their roots intact; and, when planted, about 90 percent survive, says Bell. Production of containerized longleaf seedlings has shot up in recent years, lowering prices and enabling large areas to be replanted.
The quality of the seedlings may improve further, thanks to work by International Forest’s sister company, International Forest Genetics and Seed Company. In the mid-20th century, nurseries were working to breed bigger, hardier longleaf trees that would be more profitable for timber companies; but they abandoned those efforts to focus on faster growing species. In 2012, the company restarted them, buying up old seed plantations and studying the trees’ genetics.”
To read the full pdf version of the article Return of the Fire Forests by Nala Rogers, that was published in The Wildlife Professional (Sept/Oct 2016), please visit https://pressfolios-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/story/story_pdf/224154/2241541474166626.pdf