Post 18

In the past, Pitch Pine was a major source of pitch and timber for shipbuilding, railroad ties, and mine timbers because the wood's high resin [pic 1] content preserves it from decay. On South Hill, we have a community called the Pitch Pine Heath Barrens [pic 2]. This community typically occurs on dry, nutrient-poor soils and is characterized by a tall open canopy [pic 3], an understory of dwarf shrubs [PIC 4] (such as blueberry [pic 5], huckleberry [pic 6], & deerberry [pic 7]) and little to no tall shrub layer.