Alabama longleaf pine forest
Geologic period: Modern
An open, grassy longleaf pine forest
Did you know?
Before the American Colonial era, the longleaf pine ecosystem was the dominant one in the eastern part of the continent, covering nearly 100 million acres. It was an ecosystem maintained in part by periodic fire, which created open, sunny almost park-like forests of trees, grasses and other plants. These forests supported a huge variety of animals, as well, including 35 amphibian, 56 reptile, 88 bird, and 40 mammal species.