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Response of advance reproduction of oaks and associated species to repeated prescribed fires in upland oak-hickory forests, Missouri

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Fan, Zhaofei; Ma, Zhongqiu; Dey, Daniel C.; Roberts, Scott D.

Year Published

2012

Publication

Forest Ecology and Management. 266: 160-169.

Abstract

The Chilton Creek prescribed burn project was initiated in 1996 by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to restore native oak woodlands and test the effect of frequent, low intensity surface fires conducted in the dormant season (March-April) on upland oak-hickory forests in the Ozarks of Missouri. Burning treatments on five sites totaling 1000 ha were initiated in 1998. The prescribed burn treatments included: annual burns (one site was burned annually) and periodic burns (four sites were burned with a mean fire return interval of approximately 4 years). Approximately 3000 stems of advance reproduction with basal diameters 615.0 cm were measured in 1997 (pre-burn), and remeasured in 1998, 2001 and 2007 as the prescribed burn treatments proceeded. Mortality and changes in average and aggregate total height between 1997 and 2007 were analyzed for fourteen selected tree species.

Citation

Fan, Zhaofei; Ma, Zhongqiu; Dey, Daniel C.; Roberts, Scott D. 2012. Response of advance reproduction of oaks and associated species to repeated prescribed fires in upland oak-hickory forests, Missouri. Forest Ecology and Management. 266: 160-169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2011.08.034.

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