Some lumberjacks head for the hills; in Louisiana they go to the swamps
"Louisiana's legislators proclaimed cypress the official state tree in 1963. They needn't have bothered. While most states within the tree's surprisingly wide range may boast of only scattered pockets of cypress swamp, few Bayou State residents live further than a short drive from a stand of these distinctive trees. Widely buttressed at their base, draped in moss and surrounded by knobby knees, they resemble giant, tortuously grown bonsai. The cypress is a tree that Louisianian recognizes and loves."
"The value of the cypress extends beyond the aesthetic, however; the tree is a renewable natural resource, the exploitation of which helped shape the state's early course of development. What's more, the cypress continues to support many Louisianians today."
From the 1994 Louisiana Life Magazine article:
"Richard Woods (below) holds a board of 'pecky' cypress. Holes caused by a wood-eating fungus immune to the cypress' resin create a desirable, valued product for decorative finishes."
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