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Improving Species Composition in Mismanaged Bottomland Hardwood Stands in Western AlabamaAuthor(s): Troy S. Taylor; Edward F. Loewenstein; Arthur H. Chappelka
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–71. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 565-570
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionForests of the Coastal Plain of Alabama are among the most diverse, productive, and complex in the United States. Long-term mismanagement, however, coupled with a lack of refined scientific knowledge on bottomland oak silvical characteristics and on their regeneration dynamics, has resulted in a reduction in both the quantity and quality of the oak component in many of these stands. A study was implemented in western Alabama to compare survival, growth, and animal browse of planted Nuttall oak seedlings using plastic tube shelters, wire browse protection, fertilization, mulch mats, and control. Treatment effects on seedling height and caliper growth indicate that fertilization application and type of seedling protection significantly affect both groundline diameter and height. The use of seedling protection positively affected tree growth form and protected seedlings from herbivory compared to those unprotected.
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CitationTaylor, Troy S.; Loewenstein, Edward F.; Chappelka, Arthur H. 2004. Improving Species Composition in Mismanaged Bottomland Hardwood Stands in Western Alabama. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–71. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 565-570
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