Note: This article is part of a larger document. View the larger document

Restoring Upland Forests to Longleaf Pine: Initial Effects on Fuel Load, Fire Danger, Forest Vegetation, and Beetle Populations

Author(s): Haywood, James D.; Bauman, Tessa A.; Goyer, Richard A.; Harris, Finis L.

  • Date: 2004
  • Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–71. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 299-303
  • Station ID: --

Description:

Without fire in the Southeastern United States, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) often becomes the overstory dominant on sites historically dominated by longleaf pine (P. palustris Mill.). Beneath the loblolly pine canopy a mature midstory and understory develops of woody vegetation supporting draped fuels. The resulting deep shade and accumulation of litter nearly eliminates herbaceous vegetation. To avoid this outcome, on most upland sites a series of treatments can ensure the restoration of longleaf pine plant communities and lessen the danger of wildfires. Burning in heavy fuels, however, may injure and weaken pine trees, favoring detrimental insects, such as bark beetles. This Joint Fire Science Program project was established to study how several management options affect fuel load, fire danger, vegetation, and beetle populations in loblolly pine, mixed pine, and longleaf pine stands. We report first and second growing-season results.

Publication Download Options

Rate this Publication- Click to Give Feedback
Share:


Request Publication:

You can order print copies of our publications through our Publication Ordering System. Make a note of the publication you wish to request, and visit our Publication Order Site.

Publication Notes:

We recommend that you print this page and attach it to the printout of the article to retain the full citation information.

This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain. Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact the SRS Webmaster, srswebmaster@fs.fed.us if you notice any errors which make this publication unuseable.

To view this article get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader.