While most people familiar with Alabama's forests associate longleaf pine with the gently rolling hills of lower Alabama, longleaf pine forests extend up into the hills, ridges and mountains of north Alabama. These forests, termed "montane" or "mountain longleaf," still thrive in several spots, but are becoming increasingly rare. These rare and breathtaking forests offer a glimpse of what was and could be again.
Varner, Morgan. 1999. Longleaf Pine Forests...in the Mountains . Alabama''s Treasured Forests, Fall 1999