Photos Document Last Remaining Old-Growth Pine Forests of the American South

Before the early 20th century, longleaf pine forests were ubiquitous to the southern coastal plains, encompassing approximately 90 million acres of land. But years of deforestation by the logging and farming industries took its toll on the forested ecosystem, and today, only 3 percent remains. In his forthcoming book, photographer Chuck Hemard delves deep into what remains of the longleaf pine forests of his youth.

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