Forest Research: Open Access

Forest Research: Open Access
Open Access

ISSN: 2168-9776

Oswald BP

Oswald BP
Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture,
Nacogdoches, Texas

  • Research Article
    Responses to Prescribed Fire at Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas, USA
    Author(s): Oswald BP, Boensch DM, Williams HM and Hung IOswald BP, Boensch DM, Williams HM and Hung I

    US Federal land managers have utilized hand ignited prescribed fire at Big Thicket National Preserve in efforts to restore the structure and diversity of the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forest. A fire ecology study was initiated by Rice University in the early 1990’s and the National Park Service has continued monitoring the plots. Ordination was applied to species abundance data to examine changes in vegetation communities from a variety of prescribed fire treatments and controls. The vegetation data was separated by size class to include overstory, small tree, large sapling and seedling data. Across the size classes and treatments, the sandhill and wetland savanna vegetation types remained less effected by fire treatments and only the upland pine responded to changes in the overstory. Upon reviewing fire return interval histories, it became evident that prescribed fire alo.. View More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2168-9776.1000220

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