Longleaf pines and the red-cockaded woodpecker helped the White Oak Forest Co. win a conservation award from the South Carolina Wildlife Federation.

The company, a subsidiary of Evening Post Company, won the annual award recently for conservation efforts on its 15,000-acre, Charleston and Georgetown counties timberland. The efforts included protection of habitat for the rare bird and planting the native coastal trees.

The award was one of 15 presented along with three scholarships. Other local winners include Land Conservationist recipient Calvert Huffines of Walterboro, for land use planning efforts, and scholarship winner Benjamin Weiss, a graduate student in the environmental studies program at the College of Charleston.

The wildlife federation is a statewide natural resource management advocate.