Sandhills Ecological Institute


515 Midland Rd  Southern Pines, NC 28387

(910) 695-0872



Welcome to the Sandhills Ecological Institute!




Sandhills Ecological Institute (SEI) is a non-profit research organization established in April 1998, located in Southern Pines, North Carolina.  SEI was created for the following purposes:


  • Conduct research and monitoring studies of the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) and related ecosystems in North and South Carolina.


  • Promote study and education regarding the longleaf pine and related ecosystems.


  • Engage in scientific studies and education regarding the red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) and its habitats.