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Georgia's cypress forests

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Georgia's cypress forests

Fueled by an increase in demand for cypress mulch, timber companies are chopping down Georgia's wetland forests faster than they can recover.

Cypress forests are icons of the Southern wetland landscape and perform essential ecological functions, from capturing and storing floodwaters to providing habitat for endangered species.

In an EPA-supported study of cypress forests in Georgia, the SELC determined that harvested cypress stands often fail to regrow; once they are cut, the trees and the habitat they provide are lost forever.