The Florida Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Geodatabase
The Florida Forest Service (FFS) and Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) have partnered to develop the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Geodatabase (LPEGDB), a spatial database that will serve as the central repository for data on the distribution and ecological condition of longleaf pine ecosystems (LPE) in Florida. The database includes data provided by many partner agencies and organizations as well as new field assessment data collected for this project.
The LPEGDB represents a major step toward fulfilling inventory and assessment objectives of Florida’s Forest Action Plan and the America’s Longleaf 2009 Range-wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf, and ultimately should provide decision support for where and how to accomplish goals for conservation, restoration, and management of LPEs. FNAI and FFS will continue to enhance, improve, and update the LPEGDB along with related tools and maps as funding allows.
Why Longleaf Matters
Longleaf pine ecosystems are among the most diverse in North America, supporting a large array of herbs and grasses as well as rare animal species such as red-cockaded woodpeckers and gopher tortoises. Although longleaf forests and savannas once dominated the southeastern coastal plain, they have been drastically reduced from an estimated 90 million acres to less than 3 million, largely due to urbanization, over-utilization, conversion to other land uses, and exclusion of natural fire regimes.
Much of the remaining acreage exists as fragmented stands in varying degrees of isolation. Recently, however, many organizations and agencies have taken steps to prevent further loss, improve what's left, and restore the longleaf pine ecosystem where practicable. The LPEGDB contributes to this effort by providing detailed, baseline data on the location and current ecological condition of remaining longleaf sites in Florida.
Click here to view and interact with map layers related to longleaf pine occurrence and condition
The purpose of the Longleaf Pine Rapid Assessment is to help complete a picture of the location and condition of longleaf pine across the state of Florida. This geoform enables users to provide stand location information on a map and fill out a rapid survey about the occurrence and condition of longleaf pine in the stand. This information will become part of the LPEGDB statewide dataset that will be used by various organizations for restoration and management planning. The deadline for entering data for inclusion in LPEGDB v.4 is July 1, 2018.
Click here to open the Longleaf Pine Rapid Assessment Geoform
Current Project Results
LPEGDB, v.1, published June 2014. This version corresponds to the LPEGDB Final Report and represents all tasks involved in the initial development of the database, including compilation of potential LPEs, extensive mining of existing assessment data, and the Rapid Assessment of more than 800,000 acres of LPEs by FFS.
LPEGDB v.2, published October 2014. Version 2 fills several known remaining data gaps on managed conservation lands, especially gaps in ecological condition of LPEs. Updates are included for lands managed by Florida Forest Service, Eglin AFB, U. S. Forest Service, St. Johns River WMD, as well as several non-NRCS-funded longleaf plantings on private lands.
LPEGDB, v.3, published September 2015. Version 3 includes updates based on FNAI field projects and several partner data sources. Attributes and summaries for conservation lands and land cover were added and the database format was revised. The Rapid Assessment Data Collection Model was also updated and field data collection tools are available upon request.
LPEGDB Final Report, published June2014 PDF (9.18 MB)
This report describes development of LPEGDB v.1, including database design, rapid assessment protocol, crosswalk of condition data into management levels, and initial results.
LPEGDB v.2 Supplement Report, published October 2014 PDF (930.97 KB)
This report is supplementary to the Final Report. It describes a number of data updates and summarizes feedback and recommendations received from longleaf partners at a meeting held to review the LPEGDB.
LPEGDB v.3 Summary Report, published September 2015 PDF (15.74 KB)
This report is supplementary to the Final Report. It describes the latest updates to longleaf data, database format, and the Rapid Assessment Data Collection Model. Acreage summaries by manager type, land cover type, and county are included.
Explore the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Interactive Map
Other Longleaf Links
Secrets of the Longleaf Pine
For technical data questions:
Florida Natural Areas Inventory
(850) 224-8207 x214
Amy Knight, GIS Program Specialist
email Amy Knight
For program questions and data license agreements:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Florida Forest Service
Forest Management Bureau
(850) 681-5890 x214
Brian Camposano, State Forest Ecologist
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