L. Katherine Kirkman earned a Ph.D. in plant ecology and an M.S. in plant taxonomy from the University of Georgia. She is an Associate Scientist at the J. W. Jones Ecological Research Center in Newton, Georgia. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Georgia Institute of Ecology, Auburn University Department of Biology and School of Forestry and Wildlife, and the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Her research interests include ecological restoration and conservation management of the longleaf pine forest ecosystem and the diverse plant communities associated within it. Ongoing research focuses on biodiversity of the longleaf pine ecosystem, wetland vegetation dynamics, native ground cover restoration, and the conservation of rare species. Claud L. Brown is Alumni Foundation Professor Emeritus of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia. He is the author of over 125 scientific publications and books, including several monographs and portions of advanced texts in forest biology. Since 1980, Dr. Brown has been engaged in establishing the Thompson Mill Forest and Arboretum, a teaching and research facility of the School of Forest Resources, which now possesses over 100 species of exotic conifers and most of the native trees of Georgia. Donald J. Leopold has been studying native plants for nearly 30 years. He earned his Ph.D. in forest ecology from Purdue University in 1984, his master's in forest ecology from the University of Kentucky in 1981, and a B.S. in ornamental horticulture and nursery management from the University of Kentucky in 1978. In 1985, he joined the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. He has taught courses in dendrology, plant materials, freshwater wetland ecology, and numerous graduate seminars on conservation and restoration topics. Currently, he is Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY. Dr. Leopold has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, four other books, six book chapters, five book reviews, three proceedings, and many miscellaneous publications, all generally about topics in forest and wetland ecology. Additionally he has garnered nearly $10 million of extramural funding as principal or co-principal investigator, was editor of the Natural Areas Journal, associate editor for the Journal of Forestry, and is currently an associate editor for the Northeast Naturalist. Donald has long been a member of the Ecological Society of America, the Society of Conservation Biologists, and the Society of Wetland Scientists.