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Invasibility of major forest types by non-native Chinese tallow in East Texas

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Fan, Zhaofei

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2015

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In Proceedings of the 17th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. e?Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS?203. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 3 p.

Abstract

Non-native invasive Chinese tallow trees [Triadica sebifera (L.) Small,formerly Sapium sebiferum (L.) Roxb.] are rapidly spreading into natural ecosystems such as forests in the southeastern United States. Using the 2001-2010 USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data and forest land cover data, we estimated the regional invasibility of major forest types (groups), loblolly/shortleaf pine forests and oak/gum/cypress forests, by using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geostatistical tools. We defined the regional invasibility of a forest ecosystem as its susceptibility to the colonization and establishment of Chinese tallow, measured by a function of tallow presence and cover percent. The invasibility of these two major forest types to tallow has been estimated and potential management applications discussed.

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Fan,Zhaofei. 2015. Invasibility of major forest types by non-native Chinese tallow in East Texas. In Proceedings of the 17th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. e–Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–203. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 3 p.

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