Savannah and Woodland Management of Shortleaf Pine

Patrick Keyser, University of Tennessee Center for Native Grasslands Management

Environmental Management, Forest Health, Forest Management, and Regeneration

1503_SLPFactSheet-Savannah.pdf — PDF document, 1163Kb

The open-forest canopy and rich understory vegetation of both communities were historically maintained by frequent, low-intensity fires. Although savannahs and woodlands were once widely distributed across much of the eastern U.S., they are now rare due to fire exclusion, land clearing, and natural succession. Many plant and animal species associated with forests, forest edges, and open prairies thrive in these communities making savannahs and woodlands some of the richest and most diverse natural communities in the region.

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