they had a story on the local news last night about these pine trees in central Texas near Houston. They are called "lob lolly pines" they dont' exist anywhere else in the world. they got isolated from other pines like themselves and the others all went extinct so they were just growing in a clump about the size of a small town. Only pines like it in the world. The fires of two summers ago began burning them up and they almost all were destroyed.Magritte wrote:Mass Extinction Forecast With 6C Temperature Rise
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/mas ... e_20130110
The amazing thing is the State forest service had millions of seeds for that pine tree stored in refrigerators for decades. They were just sitting there and they decided to throw them away. But they drug their feet on it through laziness. They have been there three decades another week wont hurt. During the time they heard about the pine trees being destroyed by the fires and went and got the seeds and titrated re planting. they are going to plant them all over the place now.
If they had been a bit more gung ho that tree would be extinct. It's a drought resistant tree.