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Restoring old-growth southern pine ecosystems: strategic lessons from long-term silvicultural researchAuthor(s): Don C. Bragg; Michael G. Shelton; James M. Guldin
Source: In: Proceedings of the 2007 National Silvicultural Workshop: 211-224
Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
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DescriptionThe successful restoration of old-growth-like loblolly (Pinus taeda) and shortleaf (Pinus echinata) pine-dominated forests requires the integration of ecological information with long-term silvicultural research from places such as the Crossett Experimental Forest (CEF). Conventional management practices such as timber harvesting or competition control have supplied us with the tools for restoration efforts. For example, the CEF’s Good and Poor Farm Forestry Forties have been under uneven-aged silvicultural prescriptions for 70 years. Monitoring these demonstration areas has provided insights on pine regeneration, structural and compositional stability, endangered species management, and sustainability capable of guiding prescriptions for old-growth-like pine forests. Other studies on the CEF’s Reynolds Research Natural Area have provided lessons on the long-term impacts of fire suppression, woody debris and duff accumulation, hardwood competition, and pine regeneration failures. This experience leads us to believe the productivity and resilience of these forests can be adapted to create functionally sustainable old-growth-like stands by integrating silviculture and restoration.
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CitationBragg, Don C.; Shelton, Michael G.; Guldin, James M. 2008. Restoring old-growth southern pine ecosystems: strategic lessons from long-term silvicultural research. In: Proceedings of the 2007 National Silvicultural Workshop: 211-224
Keywordscoarse woody debris, crossett experimental forest, loblolly pine, red-cockaded woodpeckers, shortleaf pine, Upper West Gulf Coastal Plain
- Overstory species composition, structure, and conservation challenges of a mature, natural-origin pine stand after decades of management
- The Crossett Experimental Forest's contributions to southern pine improvement programs
- Estimating long-term carbon sequestration patterns in even- and uneven-aged southern pine stands
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