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Conifer Plantation Grazing and Fire Hazard Implications

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Fire losses occur in young conifer plantations in the southern United States each year primarily because of the hazardous grass and weeds surrounding the trees. Yet, the usual hazard-reduction technique of prescribed fire can't be used safely until the pine plantations reach at least six to eight feet in height. Cattle grazing will not only lessen the fuel hazard, but will also provide desirable forage without damaging the young trees if the livestock are well-managed.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: (Retired) was Forester, Cooperative Forest Fire Management, Southeastern Area, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Atlanta, Georgia

Publication date: 1979-08-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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