Beetle-killed stands in the South Carolina piedmont: from fuel hazards to regenerating oak forestsThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
Impacts of spring prescribed fire, mechanical mastication, and no-treatment (control) on fuels and natural hardwood tree regeneration were examined in beetle-killed stands in the South Carolina Piedmont. Mechanical mastication ground the down and standing dead trees and live vegetation into mulch and deposited it onto the forest floor. The masticated debris layer had an average depth of 15 cm and loading of 503 Mg ha-1 in the first year (Yr 1) post-treatment.