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.
|Advisor:||Peet, Robert K., Randall, John L.|
|Commitee:||Weakley, Alan S.|
|School:||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Fire, Piedmont savanna, Remnant, Restoration reference, Restoration target, Rights-of-way|
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