Land & Resources Management

Longleaf pine forest at OlusteeRestoring historic landscapes has been the chief goal of the Osceola National Forest since its inception in 1931. Most of the region had been heavily timbered for its longleaf pine.

Active restoration of this critical southern ecosystem has led to a major upturn in associated species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker.

The Osceola National Forest is a mosaic of habitats, including swamp forests. Prescribed burning is a crucial management practice to keep the understory clear and healthy in these fire-dependent ecosystems.

"Prescribed Fire"