Effects of fire season on vegetation in longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forests

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  • Authors: Mudder, Bryan T.; Wang, G. Geoff; Walker, Joan L.; Lanham, J. Drew; Costa, Ralph
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
  • Source: In: Stanturf, John A., ed. 2010. Proceedings of the 14th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–121. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 569-570.

Abstract

Forest managers in the Southeastern United States are interested in the restoration of not only longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) trees, but also the characteristic forest structure and ground-layer vegetation of the longleaf pine ecosystem. Season of burn, fire intensity, and fire frequency are critical components of a fire regime that supports diverse ground layer vegetation and an open midstory. While some previous studies have concluded that a change to growing season burning for long periods of time (decades) facilitates restoration, such a change may be undesirable, especially for private land managers with more immediate management objectives, such as improving habitat for quail. There is a need to document short-term benefits associated with a change from dormant- to growing-season burning.

  • Citation: Mudder, Bryan T.; Wang, G. Geoff; Walker, Joan L.; Lanham, J. Drew; Costa, Ralph 2010. Effects of fire season on vegetation in longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forests. In: Stanturf, John A., ed. 2010. Proceedings of the 14th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–121. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 569-570.
  • Posted Date: August 18, 2010
  • Modified Date: October 20, 2010
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