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The Blackwater River State Forest is located in the panhandle of Northern Florida northeast of Pensacola. It comprises approximately 209,000 acres of wetlands, swamps, and pine forests and is the largest state forest in Florida. This forest is known for its longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem, which, in combination with the Conecuh National Forest to the north and Eglin Air Force Base to the south, is the largest contiguous ecological community if this type in the world. This system once covered over 60 million acres in the southeastern United States coastal plain area. Less than 3 million of the original acreage now remains. Longleaf pine communities are rich in plant and animal life, including many classified as endangered, threatened or species of special concern.
In recent years, wildfires and droughts have claimed many, many acres of pristine river habitat. The forest is essential to safeguard this river ecosystem and during 2012 the Florida Forest Service wishes to replant 2000 acres, over 1.5 million trees. The Trees Remember hopes to play a part in generating interest in this reforestation program, and having trees planted in response to this ambitious effort. More information about this forest can be found at the link below.
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