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July 7, 2011

Valuable species shortleaf pine to be topic of annual conference later this year

Shortleaf pine, a tree species that is valuable both from an economic and natural resources standpoint, can be found on numerous S.C. Department of Natural Resources properties from the Upstate to the Lowcountry. A gathering of land managers interested in the tree will be held at the Second Annual Shortleaf Pine Conference Sept. 20-22 at the Monte Sano Sate Park in Huntsville, Ala.

The conference will be full of speakers, field trips and an ongoing opportunity to talk, learn and discuss shortleaf pine management for timber and wildlife habitat needs. For more information on the shortleaf pine conference, contact Mike Black at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture at (423) 718-3612 or mblack_NBCI@utk.edu.

Shortleaf pine has the widest range of any Southern pine species and grows on a wide variety of sites from the mountains to the coast, according to Johnny Stowe, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist, forester and heritage preserve manager. It can be found growing with other pines (longleaf and loblolly) in densities ranging from grasslands with few trees to closed canopy forests.

A native species well-adapted to fire, shortleaf pine produces seed eaten by birds and mammals. It produces some of the best lumber among Southern pines, ranking with longleaf pine for strength and beauty.

On some tracts, DNR is managing shortleaf pine as a component of other ecosystems, and shortleaf pine seedlings from the S.C. Forestry Commission were planted this year on Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve in Lancaster County and on Marsh and Woodbury Wildlife Management Areas, both in Marion County.

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