Longleaf pine reforestation could have $300M economic impact
by Associated Press
Published: April 10,2012
Tags: disaster, disaster recovery, environment, federal agency, federal government, foresters, forestry, forests, habitat, hurricanes, lumber, natural disaster, pines, reforestation, severe weather, timber, trees, tropical weather, Weather, wildlife, wood
SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — A long-term, federal initiative aimed at more than doubling the size of longleaf pine forests in the Southeast could have an estimated $300 million economic impact in the Mississippi Pine Belt.
In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that 20 restoration projects had been programmed for 2012, including a $2.7 million effort in the DeSoto National Forest that will focus on rebuilding the longleaf pine ecosystems that Katrina disrupted.
The Hattiesburg American reports it is the first commitment to a De Soto Ranger District project that would require a similar, annual USDA investment for the next 15 years.
The district includes Forrest, George, Greene, Pearl River, Perry and Stone counties among its nine-county range.
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