2) Conecuh to Eglin Longleaf Complex, Florida and Alabama – Americans have cut down all but small remnants of the 90 million acres of longleaf pine forest and savanna that once clothed the Southeast. The best opportunity for restoration of a large area of longleaf pine in a wildlands complex is in the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama, including Blackwater River State Forest, Eglin Air Force Base, and Conecuh National Forest. Here will be a prime area for panther, red wolf, gopher tortoise, and indigo snake recovery. Thinking bigger, connecting Eglin to the expansive wildlands of Apalachicola National Forest would reestablish an even larger swath of the once-great longleaf forest, as would sweeping north through Alabama’s botanically rich Red Hills.
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"Although the Wildlands Project's (now Wildlands Network) call for restoring keystone species and connectivity was met, at first, with amusement, these goals have now been embraced broadly as the only realistic strategy for ending the extinction crisis."