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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 73 Issue 8, Aug 2009
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Torreya taxifolia is a federally endangered conifer. It exists in a narrow range of habitat in Georgia and Florida. The oldest one in the country still stands in Norlina in Warren County and is around 150 years old. In an effort to save the species, an activist group called the Torreya Guardians planted thirty-one seedlings near Waynesville. While it will take years to prove it, the group feels moving the tree northward will improve its chance to produce seeds.
Beavers were brought back from the brink of extinction in the state when they were reintroduced in the Sandhills in the late 1930s. Today they have spread across the state and are thriving. They are also a good news/bad news proposition. What's good for the beaver isn't always good for people, like flooding land and destroying trees. On the other hand, their ponds provide waterfowl habitats and homes for other species.