Fire Ecology of Shortleaf Forests

Fire Ecology of Shortleaf Forests

Bill Pickens, Conifer Silviculturist, North Carolina Forest Service

Forest Management, Environmental Management, and Regeneration

1503_SLPFactSheet-FireEcology.pdf — PDF document, 968Kb

Due to its reliance on fire, foresters and ecologists commonly refer to shortleaf as fire resistant, fire resilient, fire dependent, or fire adapted. However, shortleaf pine is not fire-proof. And while fire provides many benefits there are risks. Some trees, particular seedlings and saplings will be damaged or destroyed from fire. Land managers must base the decision to burn on their overall management goals.

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