A shelter made of plastic sheeting covers the roots of loblolly pine trees to keep out moisture at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station in Homer. Forestry researcher Michael Blazier is artificially imposing drought on these trees to study how they respond to such conditions. (Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter)
Pine trees are an important natural resource in Louisiana. They fuel the state’s multibillion-dollar timber industry, provide habitat for wildlife and are a defining element of the landscape.