Southern Coastal Plain Forests

An American Treasure

You can help protect one of the world's most beautiful and diverse habitats when you Adopt an Acre® today.

In the midst of the meandering bayous and rivers of the Southern United States are the last remaining stands of bottomland hardwood and longleaf pine forests. From the rare yellow fringed orchid to the colorful cerulean warbler, the magnificent Southern Coastal Plain Forests teem with unique plants and wildlife, including more than 300 rare or endangered species.

The iconic trees that make up the Southern Coastal Plain Forests — such as longleaf pine, bald cypress, tupelo gum and cherrybark oak — provide natural flood protection and resilience to climate change while sustaining black bears, migratory birds and rare animals like the red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise and Bachman's sparrow.

A Disappearing Landscape

Throughout the Southern Coastal Plain, areas that can sustain bottomland forests have been reduced by a stunning 90 percent - and longleaf pine forests have been reduced by more than 95 percent. Unsustainable forest management, agriculture, development and the suppression of fire have diminished and degraded the South’s once extensive forests, putting wildlife and people at immediate risk. For the last decade, forest product companies have sold tens of millions of acres of land, threatening sustainable management of these forests and putting land at risk for development and fragmentation.

How The Nature Conservancy Works in the Southern Coastal Plain Forests

With a strong network of partners, The Nature Conservancy is working across nine states to conserve the Southern Coastal Plain Forests. We are doing this in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Placing an additional 700,000 acres under conservation management
  • Restoring another 500,000 acres
  • Reintroducing natural fire cycles
  • Combating invasive species
  • Encouraging sustainable management on private lands

How Can You Help Save the Southern Coastal Plain Forests?

When you give today to the Adopt an Acre® program, you will help the Conservancy protect and restore one of the world's most extraordinary yet highly threatened regions. You can also call 1-800-84-ADOPT to donate.

With your $50 donation per acre to the Adopt an Acre® program, you will receive:

  • Personalized certificate with signature photo of the Southern Coastal Plain Forests commemorating your generosity
  • Colorful fact sheet about the Southern Coastal Plain Forests
  • Adopt an Acre® U.S. magnet set
  • Four issues of Nature Conservancy magazine to keep you informed all year about the many places the Conservancy is working to protect. (Plus, we'll rush the current magazine issue along with your personalized certificate!)
  • An invitation to create a personalized nature homepage on nature.org
  • Great Places E-Newsletter subscription filled with local and global conservation updates, enviro-tips you can use and stunning nature photography.

Best of all, you'll get the satisfaction of knowing you're helping to protect this extraordinary wild habitat now and for future generations. Please Adopt an Acre today!

Give Adopt an Acre as a Gift

You can also give Adopt an Acre® as a gift. Your friend or loved one will adore this one-of-a-kind nature gift and enjoy it throughout the year. View all the benefits your gift recipient will receive.