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Restoring Longleaf pines in Georgia

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The United States Department of Agriculture is working to reestablish one type of pine tree in Georgia.

The Natural resources conservation service is promoting an initiative to get people to grow longleaf pines to boost wildlife habitat. You won't see many longleafs around south Georgia. They have long been harvested for lumber.

Ranger Garry English said, "We want to get the Longleaf reestablished because of the materials that the longleaf produces. You have your yellow pines, is what they call it and it's heart pine and it's been harvested out in the last century or so and now we're trying to get everything reestablished."

Participants can get financial help to implement a wildlife habitat development plan. Many of the counties in south Georgia have been selected as the highest priority areas.

Growers can buy 1,000 long leaf seedlings for $100.

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