Management problem: Widespread failure of oak regeneration and subsequent loss of the oak component has been reported across Eurasia and the Americas. The oak regeneration issue has been linked to changing disturbance regimes, including the lack of fire. Burning used in combination with stand thinning creates conditions that should be conducive to oak regeneration establishment and recruitment, including increased understory light and decreased woody plant competition. Management need: Managers are using thinning and prescribed fire prescriptions aimed at restoring hardwood dominance in upland pine-hardwood mixed-woods. While prescribed fire has been purported to sustain the dominance of oaks, contemporary forests have altered species composition and structure and responses to these current disturbances are unknown.
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