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Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.

Atlantic White Cedar: Restoration Connects Coastal Culture to Environment

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Atlantic white cedar reaches a height of fifty feet at maturity. The fragrant, lightweight, rot-resistant wood was highly valued by early coastal residents, who used it for shingles, siding, and boatbuilding. Unfortunately, its popularity led to overharvesting. In the 1890s, Pocosin Lakes, located in Tyrrell, Hyde, and Washington Counties experienced widespread logging that cleared over 200,000 acres of the tree. Today only about 10,600 acres of the white cedar remain in the Southeast. Loughner discusses a plan to restore 10,800 acres of the cedar's pocosin habitat in Tyrrell County and elsewhere in North Carolina. Today, approximately 2,000 acres of pocosin are restored, with around 800 acres of white cedar planted and thriving.
Coastwatch (NoCar QH 91 A1 N62x), Vol. Issue , Early Summer 2005, p12-15, il