Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell Touts Conservation of Longleaf Pine Habitat

Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell Touts Conservation of Longleaf Pine Habitat

Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell paid a visit to South Carolina recently where she touted local efforts to conserve longleaf pine habitat and cited the project as an example of why full funding by Congress is needed for the Land &  Water Conservation Fund.   In addition to acquisitions or easements for the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuges, the Fish & Wildlife Service plans additional conservation of longleaf pine at the Okefenokee in GA and FL, Saint Marks in FL and Waccamaw in SC.  All told, some 4,000 acres of longleaf is to be protected.  To learn more about these efforts check out http://www.fws.gov/southeast/news/2013/087.html.

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