On the Sam Houston National Forest, Texas, the Forest Service planted 95,000 longleaf pine trees on an area near the southwestern-most extension of the longleaf pine ecosystem in the United States. This project site was clearcut and stripmined for iron ore gravel in 1930's-1950's and was severely degraded when the Forest Service acquired the land. The site is now part of the San Jacinto Wildlife and Ecosystem Demonstration Area, dedicated to environmental education and interpretation. Many recreational activities occur in the area, including birdwatching, hiking and horseback riding. Restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem will benefit a number of wildlife species, including wild turkeys (recently introduced to the area) quail and hopefully the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Boy Scouts and the Sierra Club of Houston helped to plant a portion of the trees.
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