Forest Ecosystems Daily: Giant shortleaf pine

shortleaf ancient

This shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata) is thought to date back to 1684. We hiked through a stand containing 200-300 year old trees along the Goldmine Trail, off the Foothills Parkway in the Smokies. The National Park Service found a reference stand of older shortleaf pine here, and they are now working to restore the 10 year fire interval. More info about the project: http://bit.ly/1VGyNz3

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