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Florida Forest Service report on forest sustainability challenged

A new Florida Forest Service report evaluates the sustainability of Florida's woodland. This pine forest is in the Flint Rock Wildlife Management Area south of Tallahassee in Wakulla County. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A Florida Forest Service report required by 2012 legislation found that the state's forests overall are sustainable but there are some counties where some types of trees are being harvested faster than they are being grown.

The report was required by HB 7117, a comprehensive energy bill, amid concerns that proposed new biomass energy plants could increase costs for existing sawmills, pulp mills and others in the forest product industry.

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