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"Louisiana's piney woods is completely different from well-known parts of our state like New Orleans and Cajun country.

Land of the Pines April 2012

Longleaf pines east of our home; Dry Creek, Louisiana

“. . . heading down south to the land of the pines .  .  .”     

-Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.”


Current Louisiana longleaf pine priority areas.


I’m writing “Five Things you need to know about western Louisiana.”  One of them is “We’re tied to the pines.”


Historic U.S. range of Longleaf Pines


Our first ancestors (mine arrived in the La. piney woods in 1819 running from who knows what).

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I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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  1. Love the fact you are talking about the long-leaf pine. Such a part of Louisiana that many don’t even know about. Mostly know about the Cajun culture. When moved from DeRidder/Rosepine south of I-10 many looked at me like I was crazy when I asked where the pines were. First trip to a Christmas Tree Farm, I told my husband we could go “home” and get all the pines we wanted.

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