Controlled Burning as a Dual-Purpose Tool of Forest Management in New Jersey's Pine Region

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Subject to frequent and devastating fires the New Jersey pine region is one of the "hot spots" of the Northeast. Scrub forest with tall resinous-leaved shrubs and heavy accumulations of duff present dangerous fuel conditions. Long fire seasons, few obstructions to wind and soils that dry readily add to the hazard. Disastrous fires as a consequence are all too common. Furthermore, favored by protection, oaks and other low-value hardwoods have encroached on pine land where they seldom attain sawlog size. Controlled burning properly applied and safeguarded offers an effective tool both for reducing fuel and for favoring pine over oak.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Supervisor, Lebanon State Forest, New Lisbon, N. J. and chief, Bureau of Forest Management, New Jersey Department of Conservation, Trenton, Senior members, S.A.F.

Publication date: November 1, 1948

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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