Va. Snares Longleaf Pine Stand, Aims to Restore

January 12, 2013

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia conservation officials say they have purchased nearly 3,000 acres in Suffolk that contains the last-remaining longleaf pine sandhill community in the state.

The 2,855 protected acres are known as South Quay. The land is an addition to the 287-acre South Quay Sandhills Natural Area Preserve along the Blackwater River near the North Carolina Line.

The preserve is managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The department says its long-term mission is to preserve the native longleaf pine, which was often used in shipbuilding. Longleaf pine forests once covered more than 1 million acres in southeast Virginia. They have been in decline for centuries.

General obligation bonds and a grant from the U.S. Forest Service Forest Legacy Program funded the purchase.

The comments sections of are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we ask that you follow our rules for commenting. E-mail is required to comment on a story, but it will not be displayed with your comment. For complete rules, CLICK HERE. The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 186636991 -
Gray Television, Inc.