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    Author(s): Thomas Croker
    Date: 1979
    Source: Journal of Forest History
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Longleaf pine forests have always been important in the lives and fortunes of southern people. Indians hunted deer and turkey under these trees and gathered lightwood from the forest floor to warm their lodges. Early mariners waterproofed their sails with pitch boiled from longleaf heartwood by enterprising pioneers. Timbering operations have made millionaires and furnished lumber for humble homes and stately mansions. Many red, white, and black men have sweated, bled, and died harvesting the products of the longleaf forests.  

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    Croker, Thomas Jr. 1979. The longleaf pine story. Journal of Forest History. 23(1): 32-43.

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