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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission purchased the 547-acre Horse Creek Longleaf Pine Forest in Moore County recently to add to its Sandhills Game Land. The purchase not only protects the longleaf pine, but also provides a habitat for red-cockaded woodpeckers. Only 3 percent of the original 90 million acres of longleaf pine that covered the Southeast remains today. The longleaf is a favored tree of the woodpeckers, which nest in tree cavities.