Using shelterwood harvests and prescribed fire to regenerate oak stands on productive upland sites

Patrick Hugh Brose, David Van Lear, Roderick Cooper

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Abstract

Regenerating oak stands on productive upland sites in the Piedmont region is a major problem because of intense competition from yellow-poplar. As a potential solution to this problem, we tested the hypothesis that a shelterwood harvest of an oak-dominated stand, followed several years later by a prescribed fire, would adequately regenerate the stand. Three oak-dominated stands, in which shelterwood harvests had been conducted several years earlier, were each divided into spring burn, summer burn, winter bum, and control treatments. Three years after the prescribed fires, oak had higher density and stocking in burned as compared to unburned areas while yellow-poplar had its highest density and stocking in the controls. Season-of-bum interacted with fire intensity to create several probable outcomes of stand development. Areas treated with high-intensity fire during the spring will develop into oak-dominated stands after just one bum. Controls and areas treated with low-intensity fire will become dominated by yellow-poplar. Other combinations of fire intensity and season-of-bum will produce mixed hardwood stands with varying proportions of oak. Combining shelterwood harvesting with prescribed fire appears to be a viable method for regenerating oak stands on productive upland sites in the Piedmont region and may be applicable elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-141
Number of pages17
JournalForest Ecology and Management
Volume113
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 25 1999

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shelterwood systems
prescribed burning
Quercus
highlands
fire intensity
Liriodendron tulipifera
piedmont
fire season
hardwood forests
oak
harvest
winter
summer

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Brose, Patrick Hugh ; Van Lear, David ; Cooper, Roderick. / Using shelterwood harvests and prescribed fire to regenerate oak stands on productive upland sites. In: Forest Ecology and Management. 1999 ; Vol. 113, No. 2-3. pp. 125-141.
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In: Forest Ecology and Management, Vol. 113, No. 2-3, 25.01.1999, p. 125-141.

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