Planted pines
Cyndi Gates - 
Pine plantations have been thinned to encourage the growth of understory plants favorable as forage or cover for bobwhite quail, turkeys, gopher tortoises, deer and other wildlife.  The ultimate goal is to restore some of these pine plantations to the historic natural community which was sandhill.

Many of the upland portions of Hilochee were planted in citrus, although this part of the state is susceptible to devastating freezes. The last major freeze occurred in 1985. Many acres of frozen groves were converted to slash pine plantations. Other portions of Hilochee have been used for cattle ranching, hay fields, sod farms, vegetable production and sand mining. Much of the cypress was logged in recent decades and is beginning to regenerate.

FWC Facts:
The painted bunting is one of the most rapidly declining songbirds in the eastern U.S. Surveys show an astounding 4-6 percent annual decrease in its numbers from 1966 to 2007.

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