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Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary

Year Planted: 2001
Trees Planted: 15,000
Location: Texas

This project planted 15,000 longleaf pine seedlings in the Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary to restore the native longleaf pine-little bluestem ecosystem that once dominated the Big Thicket region. The sanctuary is the core site in Texas for TNCs Pineywoods Conservation Initiative to restore longleaf pine to the West Gulf Coastal Plain. It protects unique and ecologically significant areas within the Big Thicket region including one of the last remaining drought-resistant longleaf pine communities in Texas. Some 800 plant species and numerous animal species reside in the sanctuary including at least 18 amphibian, 107 bird, 27 reptile and 22 mammal species. The ecological value of the site is based on its rare plants including 4 globally endangered species, and 12 species that are uncommon to southeastern Texas. This project will encourage the ongoing conservation efforts of the Conservancy to enhance biodiversity of the natural heritage of the state.


This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.

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