Longleaf Pine Treasure Forest

The Longleaf Pine Forest (Pinus palustris) is one of the last remaining stands within the city. This 35-acre area is periodically subjected to controlled burns to preserve it and encourage reseeding. Thousands of wildflowers bloom along its meandering trails, making it a favorite site for walkers. After undergoing controlled burns since 2005, the Forest continues to regenerate. Ongoing volunteer management continues to clear invasive species, regenerate barren areas and allow the new seedlings to flourish.

It was designated a ‘Treasure Forest’ by the Alabama Forestry Commission in 2010.

In 2007, local naturalist Fred Nation and Dr. Harry Larsen, retired professor at Auburn University’s School of Forestry, evaluated and inventoried the site. It is a truly diverse ecosystem with 175 vascular plant species and 72 woody species. Longleaf Pine Forest Inventory & Checklist (PDF file will open in new tab)

Below is a field map of our Longleaf Forest. The designated areas are individual management areas, subject to different management strategies according to their condition. Our long-term goal is to be able to manage the entire woodland by the application of controlled fire.

See The Joys of Macro-Gardening by Andrew Saunders for more about the management of the Longleaf Forest.

Longleaf Forest Posts

Photos of the Longleaf Pine Treasure Forest

These are views of the Longleaf Pine Treasure Forest that have been posted on our Instagram account.
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#native #deciduous #azaleas blooming in our #Longleaf #treasure #forest #mobilebotanicalgardens #blooms galore here! #mbgllf1 ...

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Longleaf Pine Forest - #drone #view March 2015 35 acres #managed #Longleaf #pine #mobilebotanicalgardens #mbgllf1 ...

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Longleaf Pine forest old #pathway waiting for regrowth. #Pinus palustris logs from old damaged trees are used to block old trail areas and allowed to rot down over time #mobilebotanicalgardens #mbgllf1 Apr 2015 ...

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#Pinus palustris Another long leaf pine toppled by strong winds in storm on August 8th. We will need to cut this one to keep people and road safe, then leave the logs to decay - fungi and insect food! #mobilebotanicalgardens #mbgllf1 ...

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The beautiful Lupine is starting to come up in the Longleaf! The best time to see the longleaf forest is at dusk and dawn when the light is perfect. #longleaf #mbgscene #mbgllf1 #lupine #wildflowers #light #dusk ...

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#ruellia caroliniensis #carolinapetunia are #flowering like gang-busters in the #longleafpine #forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens These dainty #flowers are appearing just a month after our #prescribedburn! Too cool! #treasureforest #forestry #pollinators #mbgllf1 #nativeplants #publicgardens ...

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#crotoncapitatus growing beautifully in the #longleafpine #forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens Look out for it in the #pollinatorgarden #mbgllf1 #mbgbutterfly #nativeplants #euphorbiaceae #croton #horticulture ...

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Asclepias humistrata, pine savanna milkweed, has finally emerged in the Longleaf Pine Forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens. It's been almost a month since the burn. Exciting to see what's emerging now! #horticulture #botany #publichorticulture #publicgardens #gardening #longleaf #longleafpine #treasureforest #pinuspalustris #asclepias #milkweed #asclepiashumistrata #mbgllf1 ...

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Asclepias humistrata EVERYWHERE! We burned in here about a month ago now and we have several huge patches of this plant (well, and others too, but THIS!). #mbgllf1 mobilebotanicalgardens #longleaf #longleafpine #controlledburn #asclepiashumistrata #asclepias #milkweed ...

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Tetragonotheca helianthoides (yeah, don't trip on that one!), the pinewood ginseng, growing in at healthy patch in the Longleaf Pine Forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens. Love the four, simple bracts. You can hardly call them involucural. #tetragonotheca #tetragonothecahelianthoides #asteraceae #longleafpine #mbgllf1 #treasureforest #mobileal ...

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Longleaf and pea #mbgllf1 #horticulture #botany #mbgscene #publichorticulture #longleaf #pinaceae #fabaceae ...

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