Restoring longleaf pines, keystone of once vast ecosystems

This photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows a prescribed fire sweeping through longleaf pines in 2019 at The Nature Conservancy’s Calloway Preserve near Fort Bragg, N.C. An intensive effort in nine coastal states from Virginia to Texas is bringing back longleaf pines—armor-plated trees that bear footlong needles and need regular fires to spark their […]

Insect invaders threaten Rome’s iconic pines

Rome’s umbrella pine trees are under threat from a tiny insect called the pine tortoise scale Rome’s majestic umbrella pines are as much part of the landscape as the ruins and cobbled streets, but they are under threat from a tiny insect invader—the pine tortoise scale. “If we do nothing, the pines of Rome will […]