Norfolk Southern supports National Fish and Wildlife Foundation restoration of longleaf pine forests across the Southeast

Norfolk Southern supports National Fish and Wildlife Foundation restoration of
                  longleaf pine forests across the Southeast

PR Newswire

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 9, 2013

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southernhas received a
grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to help manage and
enhance its 6,200 acres of longleaf pine at the railroad's Brosnan Forest
wildlife preserve and conference center near Charleston S.C.

The NFWF recently awarded $3.1 million to 15 projects to support the
restoration of the longleaf forest, one of North America's most threatened
forest ecosystems. The projects are expected to restore more than 13,500 acres
of native habitat and enhance an additional 140,000 acres on public and
private lands. Brosnan Forest will receive $62,000 in funding, through a grant
to The Longleaf Alliance, to manage and enhance its longleaf pine forest, one
of the largest remaining stands in the United States.

Longleaf forests once covered more than 90 million acres from Virginia to
Texas, but after years of timber harvesting, agricultural expansion, and urban
development, just 3.4 million acres, about three percent of the original
acreage, remains. The longleaf ecosystem is one of the most biologically
diverse ecosystems outside the tropics, supporting hundreds of plant and
wildlife species and providing critical habitat for more than half of the
Southeast's amphibians and reptiles and 29 federally protected species.

To help restore this important ecological habitat to its historic U.S. range,
NS will plant 2,000 acres of longleaf pine at Brosnan Forest over the next
decade. The property is also a safe harbor for 82 colonies of endangered
red-cockaded woodpeckers, the largest population of such birds on a single
tract of private land. Norfolk Southern permanently protected Brosnan Forest
in 2008 when it donated a conservation easement on more than 12,000 acres of
the land to the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, and to advance the work of the
Longleaf Alliance, the Norfolk Southern Foundation has provided $100,000 since
2010. For more information about Norfolk Southern's environmental initiatives,
see NS' sustainability website, Footprints.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary
operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of
Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and
provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern
operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major
transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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