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Donate trees to Blackwater River State Forest


Workers at Blackwater River State Forest say they are ready for busy spring and summer seasons. Several hundred new trees have been planted in the forest to make sure it keeps growing.

726 trees per acre are planted.

This is the very early stages of what will become a huge long leaf pine tree.

"Our goal is to convert our land that we have acquired from industry lands back to a native ecosystem," said Tabatha Merkley.

Tabatha Merkley says the only way to keep the forest fresh and growing is through donations.

"Arbor Day Foundation gives us the money through the Friends of Florida State Forest Program and that's how we do most of our planting inside the forest," Merkley said.

And though the process is intense and requires a lot of skills and knowledge,

"We plant it, we burn it, eventually we will thin it to keep it healthy working and growing."

The end result is something beautiful-- that everyone can enjoy.

"There's different animals you are able to watch. There are different stages of forest that bring different value."

It will take about 5 to 7 years until the trees look full grown.