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Larry Early, author of the book, "Looking for Longleaf," which is about the longleaf pine, will speak Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 1005 of Constant Hall. This will be the keynote address of the Coastal Plain Native Plant Conference being sponsored this weekend by Norfolk Botanical Garden, Old Dominion University and Hampton Roads Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.

Although there is a registration fee for the conference, the address is free and open to the public.

Lytton Musselman, Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, has praised Early's book as a particularly interesting and accurate examination of the tree that "built our Tidewater." Longleaf pines were harvested to near extinction, but conservation efforts are helping to bring them back.

For more information about the conference, call 757-441-5838 or visit http://www.nbgs.org/calendar/2005-09/september_lecture.shtml.

This article was posted on: September 14, 2005

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