Changes in the Forest Floor under Upland Oak Stands and Managed Loblolly Pine Plantations

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Three years ofter all standing timber in a loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) plantation in northern Mississippi was removed, the forest floor there averaged 3 tons per acre less than under uncut stands. Reducing pine basal area from 130 to 75 square feet per acre caused a 1½-ton-per-acre decline in forest floor weight and an 18-percent decline in annual litterfall. The forest floor under deadened low-grade oak stands deteriorated rapidly and would have been completely gone in six years had not other vegetation invaded the area.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Silviculturist, Forest Hydrology Laboratory, Oxford, Miss., Southern Forest Exp. Sta. U.S. Forest Serv., in cooperation with the Univ. of Mississippi

Publication date: September 1, 1972

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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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