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Shortleaf pine natural community restoration on Peck Ranch Conservation Area in the Missouri OzarksAuthor(s): John G. Tuttle; Kim J. Houf
Source: In: Kabrick, John M.; Dey, Daniel C.; Gwaze, David, eds. Shortleaf pine restoration and ecology in the Ozarks: proceedings of a symposium; 2006 November 7-9; Springfield, MO. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-15. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 196-201.
Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionOak decline has become a significantly increasing problem on Peck Ranch Conservation Area over the last several years. Most of the oak decline problems exist on past shortleaf pine sites. To address this issue, the area managers wrote a natural community restoration plan for 2,233 acres located on the Current-Eleven Point Oak-Pine Woodland Dissected Plain land type association. The goal of this plan is to restore the shortleaf pineoak/vaccinium natural community on appropriate sites. Timber harvesting activities occurred between 1999 and 2003 on most of the restoration area. The silvicutural prescriptions used were a combination of pine seed tree and irregular shelterwood seed cuts. Three different treatments are being used to achieve the desired results. These treatments will be replicated on three different areas. A combination of artificial and natural tree regeneration along with mechanical thinning, herbicide release, and prescribed fire is being used to achieve the desired natural community. One additional area is a control that received the same type of harvests but will not be planted or receive any post harvest pine seedling releases. Most of the artificial tree regeneration occurred on the pine sites between 2004 and 2006. The entire project area is being monitored by the Resource Science Division to see which technique works best for restoring the appropriate natural community.
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CitationTuttle, John G.; Houf, Kim J. 2007. Shortleaf pine natural community restoration on Peck Ranch Conservation Area in the Missouri Ozarks. In: Kabrick, John M.; Dey, Daniel C.; Gwaze, David, eds. Shortleaf pine restoration and ecology in the Ozarks: proceedings of a symposium; 2006 November 7-9; Springfield, MO. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-15. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 196-201.
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