Grants to help preserve forest land in Southeast

AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) -- More than $7 million dollars in grant money will be used to restore and maintain forest lands in eight southeastern states from the Carolinas to Texas.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper announced in South Carolina on Thursday that $7.5 million from the paper company will also help fish and wildlife populations and protect watersheds.

The money will be used in three areas including longleaf pine forests along the coastal plain of the Carolinas. Another project area is forests in the southern Cumberland Plateau in an area running from Kentucky through Tennessee and into northern Alabama and Georgia.

The third area includes piney woodlands in Louisiana and east Texas.

Money will go to various projects including managing forest lands with controlled burns and purchasing seedlings for planting.

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