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UNCW students renourish Brunswick County nature preserve

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While the green plantings on the left may look like grass, it's actually the beginning of a longleaf pine tree. While the green plantings on the left may look like grass, it's actually the beginning of a longleaf pine tree.

LELAND, NC (WECT) - Some UNCW students and volunteers planted 1,000 longleaf pine trees Sunday afternoon in an effort to bring the tree back to the area.

The campus sustainability class put the trees into the ground on the 174 acre Ev-Henwood nature preserve in Brunswick County.

Walking through the area, it could be easy to miss the trees. UNCW geology and environmental studies instructor Roger Shew said the trees are in the grass stage of their life right now.

In about 30 to 60 years, the trees could reach about 100 feet tall. Shew said the area used to have a lot of longleaf pine trees, but the trees were cut down for timber and other purposes.

He said he plans to take other groups out to the preserve to plant even more trees in the future.

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