Atlantic White Cedar, Regenerating a globally threatened forest ecosystem

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Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) is found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States from Maine to Florida and west to Mississippi. Historically, this species has been a very valuable timber species and remains so today. Over the last three centuries, the area occupied by Atlantic white cedar has declined drastically, and it’s now classified as a globally threatened forest ecosystem, and its decline continues. Hurricanes, flooding, wildland fires, natural plant succession and sea level rise all continue to affect a decline in the overall acreage of this important wetland forest ecosystem.

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