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Lytton Musselman, Mary Payne Hogan professor of botany and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University, is the subject of an article in the Summer 2005 issue of American Forests magazine, entitled "Resurrecting Virginia's Longleaf."

Longleaf pines, once plentiful in southeastern Virginia, are regaining a firm foothold in the region thanks in part to efforts of Musselman and colleagues at ODU. The trees almost became extinct because of their use in shipbuilding. More recently, their numbers dwindled because fire prevention caused the stately trees to be choked in thick forests.

A longleaf pine conservation project, which includes controlled burns, has been undertaken at the 325-acre Blackwater Ecologic Preserve, which the university owns and Musselman manages. The preserve is 40 miles southwest of the ODU campus.

This article was posted on: August 4, 2005

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