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Stand Composition in a Mature Pine-Hardwood Forest of Southeastern Texas

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Abstract:

After protection from fire and cutting for 25 years, a 70-year-old loblolly-shortleaf pine-hardwood stand in east Texas is evolving into an oak-hickory-sweetgum community. Hardwoods form an almost complete cover beneath the now dominant pines. Pine reproduction is virtually lacking. Desirable deer browse plants are prevalent, but many are beyond reach. High-value livestock forage species are scarce. Selective elimination of undesirable hardwoods and prescribed burning to control the sprouts would favor pine regeneration and improve game habitat.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, Portland, Ore.

Publication date: March 1, 1966

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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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