Study

Longleaf pine and oak responses to hardwood reduction techniques in fire-suppressed sandhills in northwest Florida

  • Published source details Provencher L., Herring B.J., Gordon D.R., Rodgers H.L., Tanner G.W., Hardesty J.L., Brennan L.A. & Litt A.R. (2001) Longleaf pine and oak responses to hardwood reduction techniques in fire-suppressed sandhills in northwest Florida. Forest Ecology and Management, 148, 63-77

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Use prescribed fire: effects on young trees

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Forest Conservation

Use prescribed fire: effect on understory plants

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Forest Conservation
  1. Use prescribed fire: effects on young trees

    A replicated, controlled study in 1995-1998 in temperate mixed forest in Florida, USA (Provencher et al. 2001) found that prescribed burning increased the density of oak Quercus spp. but not of longleaf pine Pinus palustris juveniles. Numbers of oak juveniles was higher in burned (2.0/m2) than unburned plots (1.5/m2), while numbers of longleaf pine juveniles was similar in burned (90/200 m2) and unburned plots (75/200 m2). One burned (prescribed burned in spring 1995) and one unburned control plots (81 ha) were established in 1995 in each of six blocks. Data were collected in 1998 in 32 subplots (40 × 10 m) in each plot.

     

  2. Use prescribed fire: effect on understory plants

    A replicated, randomized, controlled study in 1995-1998 in temperate mixed forest in Florida, USA (Provencher et al. 2001) found that prescribed fire increased plant species richness in fire-suppressed areas. Species richness was higher in burned (47-50/400 m2) than unburned plots (44/400 m2). Data were collected in 1998 in 32 subplots (400 m2) in each of one unburned control and three burned 81 ha plots (burned in 1995) replicated in six blocks. All plots had been fire-suppressed for several decades before treatments.

     

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