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): Lance A. Vickers; James Houser; James Rooni; James M. Guldin
    Date: 2018
    Source: In: Kirschman, Julia E., comp. Proceedings of the 19th biennial southern silvicultural research conference; 2017 March 14-16; Blacksburg, VA. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-234. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station
    Publication Series: Proceedings - Paper (PR-P)
    Station: Southern Research Station
    PDF: Download Publication  (400.0 KB)

    Description

    The ponderosa pine forests (Pinus ponderosa Laws.) in the Davis Mountains of west Texas recently experienced a major mortality event that resulted, in part, from profound regional drought predisposing trees and stands to mortality from both western pine beetle (Dendroctonus brevicomis) and wildfires. To evaluate alternatives for restoration and recovery, the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) initiated “Operation Ponderosa” in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), on the TNC Davis Mountains Preserve in Jeff Davis County, TX. The loss of overstory pines and lack of natural regeneration pose a considerable challenge to management. A pilot study was commisioned to investigate artificial regeneration of ponderosa pine using containerized seedlings and site preparation alternatives. Early survival was poor, mainly due to below-ground herbivory, which was identified as the principal short-term obstacle to artificial regeneration in the Davis Mountains. The larger question of ponderosa pine recovery, particularly if local climatic conditions become increasingly unfavorable, remains.

    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

    Vickers, Lance A.; Houser, James; Rooni, James; Guldin, James M. 2018. Restoring ponderosa pine in the Davis Mountains of west Texas: impacts of planting practices on seedling survival. In: Kirschman, Julia E., comp. Proceedings of the 19th biennial southern silvicultural research conference; 2017 March 14-16; Blacksburg, VA. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-234. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 82-88.

    Keywords

    ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa, Davis Mountains, Texas, western pine beetle, Dendroctonus brevicomis, wildfire, restoration

    Related Search


    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page
https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/56964