- Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Kisatchie National Forest officials have announced an initiative to longleaf pines on private lands across Louisiana.

The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1TGuEYH ) that forestry officials want to boost the acreage of pines from 2.5 million to 8 million acres over the next few decades.

The initiative involves several federal agencies.

Eddie Taylor, the Kisatchie National Forest supervisor, says that a lack of federal lands in Louisiana has prompted officials to reach out to private landowners.

Taylor says the initiative seeks to bring back trees that were once abundant. By the end of the late 1800s, the longleaf pine ecosystem had begun to dwindle. At one time the trees covered 90 million acres from Virginia to East Texas.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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