The aftermath of the 2011 wildfire season made many forest managers modify the manner in which they were utilizing fire and fire tolerant species in the forests of east Texas. As a result, Resource Management Service (RMS), in cooperation with the Texas longleaf Implementation Team, and with cost-share funding from the Texas Longleaf Conservation Assistance Program, converted several sites from underperforming loblolly pine plantation to native longleaf.
On the evening of August 19, 2019, lightning ignited a fire in a 24-year-old loblolly plantation on RMS property and continued to burn for two days. The wildfire burned more than 260 acres through a variety of stands; one being a three-year old longleaf stand.
Jennifer Smith is a Harvest Manager for Resource Management Service, and serves on the Texas Longleaf Implementation Team