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Florida Pine

During the Historic Morningside Homes Tour, I was shocked to learn from Dr. Paul George that what was ubiquitous when I was growing up in Miami is now on the endangered list: the Florida Pine (Pinus palustris).  According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened and Endangered Species:

Outside protected areas the tendency through exploitation and planting or seeding of other pine species to replace this species is still ongoing, albeit at a lower rate than previously. Calculated over the whole of the historical period of logging in eastern USA this species would qualify for Critically Endangered, but with an estimate of 30 years generation length the time frame used here is more likely to place it as Endangered.

Now I feel terrible about pulling up all of those seedlings to use a trees for my doll houses when I was a kid.

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