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Winston 8 Ranch conserves Longleaf Pine Trees


POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 9:05pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:59pm

In East Texas, pine trees are king. However now the Loblolly and slash pines dominate the landscape, while longleaf pines have been drastically reduced.

KETK spoke with the ranch manager at the Winston 8 Ranch, Simon Winston, who said, "Longleaf you can burn in them when their young, and it's a lot better for the native grasses, and habitat, the deer and turkeys, and other animals". 

Longleaf pines once covered 90 million acres from Texas to Florida. Now, fewer than 300,000 acres remain. However on the Winston 8 Ranch, they're doing their part to preserve these trees. Winston explained, "The place we're in right now is an eight-year-old long leaf plantation, and there's about three to 400 acres of this". In fact in March they were awarded the national "Leopold Conservation Award' from the Sand County Foundation, who partners with Texas Parks and Wildlife. 

Nationally and locally, ranching enthusiasts applaud Winston's efforts to care for the land and plant these special pines. Winston said, "There's not many people planting them, but it's real important to have longleafs back in East Texas".  

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