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Prescribed Burning in the South: Trends, Purpose, and Barriers

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Abstract:

The results of a survey of fire management officials concerning historical and projected prescribed burning activity in the South is reported. Prescribed burning programs on USDA Forest Service and private and state-owned lands are described in terms of area burned by ownership and state, intended resource benefits, barriers to expanded burning, and optimum burning area needed to achieve resource management goals. More than 4.1 million ac/yr of pine-type forest were burned between 1985 and 1994, about 6.5% of the area in pine-type forest per year. South. J. Appl. For. 25(4):149–153.

Keywords: Air quality; ecosystem management; endangered species; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; hazard reduction; natural resource management; natural resources; reforestation

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Room T-10034, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, 701 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70113 2: USDA Forest Service, Vegetation Management and Protection Research, Washington, DC, 20090

Publication date: November 1, 2001

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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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