From the text... 'What may be even more surprising is that Georgia has bragging rights when it comes to old-growth longleaf pine forest. Of the old growth remaining in the forest*s historic nine-state range, almost 30 percent is in Georgia. Researchers estimate that when Europeans arrived in the Southeast, the longleaf pine ecosystem covered approximately 92 million acres from Virginia south along the Atlantic coast and west to the Gulf coast including eastern Texas. In 1995, that total regional acreage had declined to less than 3 million. Of the longleaf that is left, approximately 8,856 acres is old growth and 2,530 of those acres are in Georgia. The only state with more old-growth longleaf forest is Florida, which has more than 4,940 acres on Eglin Air Force Base alone. Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas have none.' ©2001 by Georgia Wildlife Press. Abstract reproduced by permission.