2014 Biennial Longleaf Conference

10th Biennial Longleaf Conference,

9th Eastern Native Grass Symposium,


National Prescribed Fire Council Meeting

Conference and Symposium Overview

The conference will be of interest to anyone managing or restoring longleaf pine ecosystems and the grasslands that occur across the eastern United States. Members of the longleaf community are invited to this 20th anniversary conference which is a homecoming event in Mobile, the site of the first Biennial Longleaf Conference. The Longleaf Alliance is happy to be cohosting this year’s conference with the Eastern Native Grass Alliance.  The 9th Eastern Native Grass Symposium will take place concurrently with the Longleaf Conference. This will add an important aspect to the event since grasslands play such a significant role in longleaf ecosystems. Additionally, a gathering of Prescribed Fire Council members will take place on Friday, October 24th. These meetings will combine to be a summit event appealing to private and public landowners, researchers, and students. 
Longleaf Store, Silent Auction, Celebrations, and more!

If you have ever been to one of the Biennial Regional Longleaf Conferences, you know that there is something for everyone. This 20th anniversary conference promises to do the same, and then some! In addition to a schedule of diverse speaker sessions, there will be a wide array of diversions for both conference attendees and guests. If you would like a unique memento from the event, the Longleaf Store will once again offer hard to find longleaf related merchandise and silent auctions scheduled throughout the conference will also provide the opportunity to acquire spectacular items that range from handmade pine needle baskets to hunting trips. Additionally, guest excursions are currently being planned to experience some of the attractions that Mobile has to offer. As always, the conference will peak with a Thursday night celebration on the beautiful waterfront of Mobile Bay.

Technical Field Trip

The conference field trip will consist of three sites that all use different approaches of longleaf management to achieve specific objectives. The first site will showcase a landowner’s approach to multiple use management including invasive species control. The second site is a gopher tortoise mitigation bank. Conference attendees will learn how this site is managed to meet the required objectives. The final stop of the field trip is Splinter Hill Bog, a longleaf savannah/seepage bog community containing large pitcher plant bogs managed by The Nature Conservancy. Lunch will be held at either the Mobile Botanical Gardens or 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center.

Exhibiting & Sponsoring, couldn't be easier!

Exhibiting options are available to all those who register for the symposium. Simply register as either affiliated with LLA or ENG and you will be given the option to "add" an exhibit to your symposium registration. You can see the pricing for exhibits on the 'Registration Fees' page at the top navigation bar. Sponsorships of the symposium are also available! Click here to view the PDF document explaining the sponsorship levels along with the sponsorship registration form. Please contact Tom Livers at tom@longleafalliance.org, if you have any questions or would like to talk further about sponsorships. We appreciate any and all support of the symposium!