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SILVICULTURE TO
RESTORE SOUTHERN
FIRE-ADAPTED PINES
USDA

Native, mature southern pine
ecosystems are dwindling on the
landscape, and the plants and
animals that depend upon them are
in trouble as well.
"Living and working in Arkansas,
I sometimes forget that shortleaf
pine as far as the eye can see is
uncommon outside of this area,"
said USDA Forest Service scientist
Jim Guldin.
Guldin, research ecologist and
Station silviculturist, studies the
ecology and silviculture of fireadapted conifers such as longleaf
(Pinus palustris) and shortleaf pine
(Pinus echinata). His recent work
focuses on combining different
silviculture practices to improve
restoration efforts for these trees.
His findings were published in
Forest Science.
"Active forest management -
especially tactics associated with
planting, prescribed fire, and partial
cutting - is the key to bringing these
native pines back to the southern
landscape," said Guldin.
Before European settlers
transformed the American
landscape, 90 million acres of
longleaf pine forests stretched
across the Coastal Plain from
Virginia to east Texas. By 1970, 95%
of the South's longleaf-dominant
ecosystems had been lost.
Shortleaf pine was once abundant
in 23 states - the widest range of any
southern yellow pine. It grew happily
in the rocky Ozark highlands, across
the Louisiana coastal plain, and

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through the foothills, from Georgia
to New York. But stands dominated
by shortleaf pine have declined
dramatically, down by half since
1980 according to Forest Inventory
and Analysis survey data.

The dramatic increase in the area
of highly-productive planted stands,
especially loblolly and slash pine, is
a southern forestry success story.
The Southern Forest Futures Project
estimates that planted pine stands



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Summer 2020

Overstory
Forests and Families
Forest Interactions
Forestry Amid a Pandemic
National Treasure: The Return of Longleaf
White Oak in the Buckeye State
Tools and Resources
Amazon Makes Major Investment in Family Forests
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - Overstory
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - Forestry Amid a Pandemic
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - National Treasure: The Return of Longleaf
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Woodland - Summer 2020 - White Oak in the Buckeye State
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