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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"For 60 years we have measured our progress by economic gains and social justice. Now we know that the progress and even the survival of the only world we have depends on decisive action to protect that world. In the end, without environmental stewardship, there can be no sustainable prosperity and no sustainable social justice."