Old Growth Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Georgia

The passage of the Weeks Act in 1911, severe boll weevil damage to cotton in the 1920’s, cumulative erosion, and the Great Depression all set the stage for both natural and artificial reforestation on fallow fields throughout the Georgia Piedmont. In consequence, on public lands stand ages are predominantly around 70 years old, a relatively advanced age for loblolly pine, the major pine species present. Little potential old growth exists.

Acres With Stand Ages Meeting Minimum Old Growth Age on the Oconee NF by Old Growth Community Type.

OGTY #

 Old Growth Type Name

Min.
Age

Acres

5

Mixed & western mesophytic

140

0

13

River floodplain hardwood

100

293

21

Dry-mesic oak forest

130

24

25

Dry & dry-mesic oak-pine

120

0

27

Seasonally wet oak-hardwood woodland

100

29

28

Eastern riverfront forest

100

0

Source: Query of GIS stands data layer, 22Feb08. Base year for age 2008.





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