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Restoring Bottomland Hardwood Ecosystems in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley

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Programs to restore southern bottomland hardwood forests to the floodplains of the Mississippi have been tested on federal land and are now being applied to private holdings. The initial goals were to provide wildlife habitat and improve water quality, but other benefits--possible income from biomass and carbon credits--may make restoration cost-effective, even for small landowners. One challenge is finding the right mix of tree species that are adapted to soil saturation and root anoxia, can be planted and managed economically, and will produce a closed canopy and complex structure quickly. Bringing back the understory is another challenge.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Fisheries Biologist, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Stoneville, MS 38776

Publication date: August 1, 2000

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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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