What Can Experimental Forests Teach Us About Afforestation?
A Tale Told by Two Forests
Scientists predict that the South’s forest acreage will remain stable over the next several decades, with losses from urbanization in the Atlantic States offset by tree planting on abandoned agricultural lands further west. Restoration of bottomland hardwoods on Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley lands will play a large role in guaranteeing the success of these predictions. Bottomland hardwood restoration is not just planting trees, but rather a process that involves selection of species, thinning, and protecting against diseases and insect infestations.
Two experimental sites, the Delta Experimental Forest and the Sharkey Research and Demonstration Site, have provided scientists with ideal conditions for studying bottomland hardwoods and developing tools and guidelines for restoration by landowners.(...continued...)