Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A synthesis of rights-of-way native plant communities: Identifying their relevance to historical and contemporary Piedmont savannas
by Adams, Nicholas S., M.S., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012, 94; 1530245
Abstract (Summary)

The presettlement Piedmont landscape supported an apparent abundance of fire-maintained landscapes, including Piedmont savannas. A loss of fire on the natural landscape led to a decline of fire-tolerant, sun-loving native herbaceous plants that had persisted for thousands of years. These plants are now restricted to few natural areas, and a suite of rights-of-way where frequent mowing has favored them. There is great interest within the conservation community in restoring these management-intensive savanna landscapes.

Thirty-one rural rights-of-way displaying savanna-like herbaceous vegetation in the North Carolina Piedmont were surveyed in order to build a reference for managers wishing to restore savannas. Four distinct vegetative groups and their environmental preferences were identified. This information was then used to determine which group(s) should be prescribed for a restoration site at Mason Farm Biological Reserve.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Peet, Robert K., Randall, John L.
Commitee: Weakley, Alan S.
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Ecology
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ecology, Conservation
Keywords: Fire, Piedmont savanna, Remnant, Restoration reference, Restoration target, Rights-of-way
Publication Number: 1530245
ISBN: 978-1-267-77954-0
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