- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) - Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has planted about 29,000 shortleaf pine seedlings on 42 acres where non-native loblolly pines once grew.

Yvonne Helton is a silviculturist at Land Between the Lakes. She said in a news release that the loblollies were planted in the Demumbers Bay area years ago by the Tennessee Valley Authority to control erosion. The loblolly pines are fast-growing but have a relatively weak root system. Because of that, they sustained heavy damage during a 2009 ice storm.

Helton said the native trees are slow growers but have extensive root systems that make them better suited to local weather conditions.

Land Between The Lakes consists of more than 170,000 acres of public land on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

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