Southeast Longleaf Ecosystem Occurrences Geodatabase

Project Summary

The Southeast Longleaf Ecosystems Occurrences (LEO) database is a project to develop a shareable GIS database of documented longleaf pine locations and ecological conditions across the range. Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) is building the LEO database with funding from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) via the U. S. Endowment for Sustainable Forestry and Communities, and in close conjunction with the America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative including the Longleaf Partnership Council mapping committee, The Longleaf Alliance, and other partners. This range-wide effort is modeled after the Florida Longleaf Pine Geodatabase , created by the Florida Forest Service and FNAI, which houses data for almost 2 million acres of existing longleaf pine in Florida.

Range map of longleaf pine occurrences
Longleaf pine range. Click for larger image.
A longleaf ecosystem in Apalacheee Wildlife Management Area
Apalachee Wildlife Management Area, photo taken by Chad Anderson

Project Objectives

  • Design a spatial database to integrate existing longleaf pine occurrence and condition data from multiple sources, including new ground-truth data collected for the project
  • Solicit and coalesce existing longleaf pine data from partners across the range
  • Identify data gaps and develop prioritized polygons for field assessment in focal areas within the range of gopher tortoise
  • Develop a field data collection protocol, a mobile data collection app, and training guide for field staff
  • Develop a Web Map application for interactive query and display of data

The Southeast LEO database will enable partners to track longleaf acres and condition, and will be useful in conservation and cost-share planning efforts at the LIT level and regionally. Work on the project began in May 2018 with the database expected to be released in December 2019.