Sprout-origin hardwood reproduction dominates after multiple prescribed fires on the William B. Bankhead National Forest, AlabamaThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
Widespread failure of oak regeneration and subsequent loss of the oak component has been reported across Eurasia and the Americas. The oak regeneration issue has been linked to changing disturbance regimes, including the lack of fire. Burning used in combination with stand thinning creates conditions that should be conducive to oak regeneration establishment and recruitment, including increased understory light and decreased woody plant competition.