Individual study: Pine-wiregrass vegetation response to burning or clipping on Lower Coastal Plains of the Alapaha Experimental Range, Georgia, USA
Lewis C.E. & Hart R.H. (1972) Some herbage responses to fire on pine-wiregrass range. Journal of Range Management, 25, 209-213
In the pine-wiregrass region of southern Georgia, southeast Alabama and Florida (southern USA), fire has been suggested as important in promoting and maintaining high forage yields, and without it, many characteristic wiregrass Aristida spp. degenerate and decline. Fire also slows gallberry Ilex glabra(a major noxious shrub in pine-wiregrass habitat) growth, as well as controlling other woody species. This study assessed the effects of prescribed burns on two sites of differing soil type on the Alapaha Experimental Range in southern Georgia.
Burning resulted in significantly increased in total herbage yields (as measured the following October) on both sites (Olustee 1,020 lb/acre; Plummer 1,920 lb/acre). Removal by clipping resulted in a similar increase on the Plummer site (1,830 lb/acre), but a significant decrease on the Olustee site (700 lb/acre) which is not easily explained but perhaps in part due to greater litter accumulation.
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