plant at Roberta Case Pine Hills Preserve in Alabama of the United States.
Alabama canebreak pitcher plant at Roberta Case Pine Hills Preserve in Alabama of the United States. © Harold E. Malde

Places We Protect

Roberta Case Pine Hills Preserve

Alabama

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Protecting one of the few remaining locations of the imperiled Alabama canebrake pitch plant.

Located in Autauga County, this preserve sits in the rolling hills of the upper coastal plain and contains one of the largest populations of the Alabama canebrake pitcher plant, Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis, a plant known from fewer than a dozen sites and found only in two counties in the central part of the state.  The Nature Conservancy is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and private landowners to preserve these plants across their range. Of the sites that remain most are small and in danger of vanishing if not managed.

Healthy populations of Harper's ginger Hexastylis speciosa, another plant found only in Alabama, can also be seen here. Much of this preserve is forested by open longleaf pine woodlands managed by prescribed fire.

Why TNC Selected This Site

This preserve contains one of the best-known sites for the Alabama canebrake pitcher plant.

What TNC is Doing

The Nature Conservancy is working to restore the upland forests to longleaf pine woodlands.  Since 2001 we have had an active prescribed burning program which has opened up the understory of the forest to allow many grasses and flowers to multiply.  The Alabama canebrake pitcher plant is dependent on periodic fire to maintain the open sunny conditions it needs to thrive.  We have also worked to plant longleaf pines in areas that were formally converted to pine plantations and restoring native grasses to former pasture lands.

Visiting

Due to the preserve's fragile habitat and rare species, visitation is limited.  Please call to learn whether we have a field trip planned soon.

Plants

Rare species found here include the Alabama canebrake pitcher plant and Harper's ginger.

Animals

Common species include Northern Bobwhite, Prairie Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Wild Turkey, Timber Rattlesnake and Whitetail Deer