Alabama getting $1.8 million for longleaf pines

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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