Impact of Past Land Use on the Lower Piedmont Forest
Author: Brender, E. V.
Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 72, Number 1, 1 January 1974 , pp. 34-36(3)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:Past land use in the lower Piedmont exerted an overwhelming influence on the present-day forest. Indians exerted considerable influence upon the virgin forest near their settlements through use of fire to clear bottom lands for cultivation and to improve hunting. Early settlers converted the forest to a farming country within 50 years. Close to 100 years of row cropping for cotton eroded the topsoil; farmland was then abandoned and reverted to a succession forest of pine and secondary hardwoods. The forest now constitutes 70 percent of the landscape.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Principal Silviculturist, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Macon, Ga.
Publication date: 1 January 1974
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