I went on a field trip with a group organized by the Georgia Conservancy to an extensive old growth longleaf pine forest. An interpreter, who manages the property, told us of the history of the forest and management practices that include prescribed burning. This is one of the few remaining stands that show what the forests looked like when the first settlers arrived. Some of the longleaf pines are 260 to 300 years old. The forest is home to many colonies of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, because this woodpecker must have pine trees at least 60 years old in which to make its nesting cavities.