Gulf State Park shows signs of new life after fire

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Signs of last year's fire that scorched nearly 1,000 acres can still be found at Gulf State Park, but dramatic signs of its recovery are also evident.

WKRG-TV reports (http://bit.ly/XlZrku) that what was charred timbers and ashes is now tall grasses, flowers and wildlife after the June 2011 blaze.

Park naturalist C.J. Jarmon says four months after the June 2011 wildfire, a salvage operation removed a lot of the dead timber and mulched mounds of debris.

So far, 23,000 long leaf pine trees have been planted in the area to help refurbish it.

Authorities say more trees will also be going in an area near the campground to help provide some shade.



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