North Carolina Sandhills

Replanting Our Nation’s Forests


Forest Overview

North Carolina’s Coastal Plain contains vast stretches of longleaf pine forest ecosystems. These forests have been reduced to only four percent of their original range in the last fifty years. Replanting of longleaf pine forests in North Carolina is crucial to the long-term viability of the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and many other species, as well as the protection of the critical watershed throughout the southeastern corner of the state. The Sandhills remains home to the second largest remaining red-cockaded woodpecker population.

North Carolina Sandhills Needs Our Help

The Arbor Day Foundation is working with several partners in North Carolina to help restore three different tracts of forestland in the spring of 2013. The goal is to plant 400 trees per acre to help increase the connectivity and acreage of the surrounding landscape. The longleaf pine trees to be planted are also more adapted to these fire prone areas than many other tree species that currently dominate the landscape.


You can help repair damage to wildlife habitats. Read about our efforts in each and restore the awe-inspiring beauty of our state and national forests.