To help the longleaf forest ecosystem, we need to UNCOVER more information about it - Where are these forests? Where did they used to exist? Are all of these forests the same, or are they different from place to place? What plants and animals live in these forests?

By the end of this section, you will be asked to choose one of the species that live in the longleaf pine ecosystem to focus on for the rest of the Quest. Focusing on this species will help you identify problems and design solutions that will help us restore and conserve the entire longleaf pine ecosystem.

Questions you will investigate in this section:

  • What is a forest and a forest ecosystem?
  • What makes the longleaf pine forest and ecosystem unique?
  • Where were longleaf forests historically? Where are they still standing today?
  • Are there longleaf forests near me? What are they like?
  • What is the history of human impact on the longleaf pine forest?
  • What species live in the longleaf pine ecosystem? And which species are we going to focus on?