Funds Provided to Help Restore Longleaf Pines

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Forestry Commission is
getting nearly $1.8 million from the federal economic stimulus
program to help restore longleaf pines across the state.
State Forester Linda Casey says the commission will focus on
restoring longleaf pines on public lands, such as the Geneva and
Chocolocco State Forests and the Barbour County Wildlife Management
Area. The commission will also work to increase areas where native
longleaf pine cones can be commercially collected.
Longleaf pines once covered vast areas from Texas to Virginia,
but they have been greatly reduced by other land uses and by other
trees. Casey said longleaf pines are valued for their disease
resistance and their yield of high-quality wood products.