Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): Benjamin J. Vierra; Gary B. Blank
    Date: 2010
    Source: In: Stanturf, John A., ed. 2010. Proceedings of the 14th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–121. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 63-67.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Southern Research Station
    PDF: View PDF  (307.32 KB)

    Description

    In 1992 the Southern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, constructed three Long-Term Soil Productivity (LTSP) installations in a loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) plantation on the Croatan National Forest in Craven County, NC. The LTSP study consists of a nationwide network of experiment sites designed to examine the long-term effects of soil disturbance on forest productivity, one aspect of which is the growth of understory vegetation. Each installation features three levels of soil compaction crossed with three levels of organic matter removal imposed on a harvested site prior to planting. Intensive surveys of the understory vegetation were carried out on the Croatan LTSP site prior to and two years after treatment installation, focusing on the extremes of the soil compaction (no compaction, severe compaction) and organic matter removal treatments (bole only, whole tree + forest floor). We collected plant community data in the summer of 2006 to address the following objectives: (1) to characterize the current standing understory vegetation, (2) to determine the interaction of organic matter removal and compaction treatments fourteen years post-treatment, and (3) to compare current vegetation patterns with the pre-treatment and two years post-treatment vegetation. Preliminary results of an analysis of variance of 2006 vascular plant richness data, as well as a description of changes in species composition over time, are presented here.

    Publication Notes

    • You may send email to pubrequest@fs.fed.us to request a hard copy of this publication.
    • (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
    • We recommend that you also 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.

    Citation

    Vierra, Benjamin J.; Blank, Gary B. 2010. Understory plant community response to compaction and harvest removal in a loblolly pine plantation. In: Stanturf, John A., ed. 2010. Proceedings of the 14th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–121. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 63-67.

    Related Search


    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page