In Florida, the St. Johns Water Management District planted 190,000 longleaf pine seedlings on 314 acres of the original sandhill community in the Ocklawaha Prairie Conservation Area. The area consists of a wet prairie/marsh mix, a converted muck farm that once grew watermelons. The District wants to restore these rare sandhill communities with a ecosystem management approach, by controlling dog fennel and bahai grass, and by planting longleaf pine and wire-grass, and by judicious use of prescribed fire.
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