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Factors Affecting Survival of Longleaf Pine SeedlingsAuthor(s): John S. Kush; Ralph S. Meldahl; William D. Boyer
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–71. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 314-316
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionLongleaf pine may be managed most efficiently in large even-aged stands. Past research has shown that the effect of trees surrounding the openings (gaps) or the use of fire is a complicating factor, especially with small openings. Longleaf seedlings are considered more susceptible to fire under and nearer to standing trees, and seedling size, kind of fire, soil type, and exposure are important factors of concern. Two studies conducted in the early 1970s examined factors affecting survival of longleaf pine seedlings. One study followed longleaf pine survival growing in different patch sizes. Patch size had no effect on seedling survival, stocking, or mortality from prescribed burning. The second study examined the effects of fire, including fire treatment, soil type, wall exposure, or distance from the forest wall. There was no significant longleaf pine seedling mortality in relation to fire treatment, soil type, wall exposure, or distance from forest wall.
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CitationKush, John S.; Meldahl, Ralph S.; Boyer, William D. 2004. Factors Affecting Survival of Longleaf Pine Seedlings. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–71. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 314-316
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