Arago: Longleaf Pine Forest Issue

Longleaf Pine Forest Issue

The Postal Service issued a souvenir sheet of ten 34-cent Longleaf Pine Forest stamps on April 26, 2002, in Tallahassee, Florida. The stamps, designed by Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, Maryland, and illustrated by John D. Dawson, Hilo, Hawaii, went on sale nationwide April 27, 2002.

The Longleaf Pine Forest stamps are the fourth in an educational series designed to promote appreciation of North America's major plant and animal communities. The previous issuances in the Nature of America series were the Sonoran Desert (1999), Pacific Coast Rain Forest (2000), and Great Plains Prairie (2001).

Although greatly reduced in size, the longleaf pine forest still occupies part of its natural range in the coastal plains from southeastern Virginia to eastern Texas. Characterized by the longleaf pine, this unique ecosystem includes many plant communities that vary with soil type, moisture, and frequency of fire. This "forest built by fire" still supports a rich diversity of 300 animal species, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. A description of the longleaf pine forest and a numbered key to the artwork appear on the back of the sheet, along with a corresponding list of common and scientific names for twenty-seven selected species inhabiting the forest.

Sennett Security Products printed 70 million stamps in the gravure process.


Postal Bulletin (March 21, 2002).

Additional Records
  • Overview
  • 34c Bachman's Sparrow single
  • 34c Longleaf Pine Forest pane of ten
  • 34c Norther Bobwhite and Yellow Pitcher Plants single
  • 34c Fox Squirrel and Red-bellied Woodpecker single
  • 34c Brown-headed Nuthatch single
  • 34c Brownhead Skink and Yellow Pitcher Plants single
  • 34c Eastern Towhee single
  • 34c Gray Fox and Gopher Tortoise single
  • 34c Blind Click Beetle and Pine Woods Tree Frog single
  • 34c Rosebud Orchid, Pipeworts, Southern Toad and Yellow Pitcher Plants single
  • 34c Grass-pink Orchid, Yellow-sided Skimmer, Pipeworts single

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