The Longleaf Landscape Stewardship Fund (LLSF), a public-private partnership between ten nonprofit and government entities, recently announced its 2022 awards. With funding from the Orton Foundation— Moore Charitable Foundation’s North Carolina affiliate—the awards include a record $7.5 million in grants to support the restoration and management of longleaf pine forests in nine southern states, including more than $1 million towards projects in North Carolina. Longleaf pine forests act as critical ecosystems for many species and provide benefits such as clean water, forest sector jobs, sites for recreational activities, and natural barriers for military installations.
“Strategic, collaborative, and result-oriented actions are critical to restoring the longleaf pine ecosystem at a landscape scale,” said Louis Bacon, founder and chairman of the Orton Foundation, the North Carolina affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation. “We are proud to continue our support of NFWF’s efforts to restore, enhance and protect critically threatened longleaf pine forests supporting the recovery of iconic and endangered species, and strengthening capacity of local organizations and communities to make impressive advances in forest health in the Southeast.”