New bill could close Andrews Nursery

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Florida’s only state-owned pine tree nursery, located in Chiefland, could be a thing of the past if one state representative has his way.

House Bill 4027: Florida Forest Service, put together by District 7 Florida House Republican Halsey Beshears, seeks to eliminate the Florida Forest Service’s ability to raise and sell pine tree seedlings to the public “for purposes of federal Clarke-Mcnary law,” a law that was established in 1929 to foster “valuable forest growth.”

The bill, if passed, would take effect July 1 and would close down the state-run Andrews Nursery’s pine tree nursery operation, which produces about 8,000,000 pine tree seedlings each year and has been in operation for more than 50 years.

And that’s a proposition that has some concerned.

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