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Wildlife habitat quality in southern Mississippi 8 years after intensive pine plantation establishment
by Campbell, Tamara Nicole, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2011, 116; 1491042
Abstract (Summary)

I evaluated effects of 5 pine plantation establishment regimes 6–8 years postestablishment on loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) growth, vegetation characteristics, nutritional carrying capacity for white-tailed deer, and breeding birds in the Lower Coastal Plain of Mississippi. Treatments combined mechanical site preparation (MSP), chemical site preparation (CSP), and herbaceous weed control (HWC) designed to represent a range of operational intensities. Chemical SP provided greater long-term control of woody competition than MSP, but did not provide significant pine growth advantage. Vegetation richness, diversity, and structure were best maintained with MSP and year 1 banded HWC. Canopy cover appears to be shading out herbaceous understory and altering composition of woody understory toward more shade-tolerant species. Total forage biomass and 3 levels of carrying capacity declined on average 54% each year. Avian metrics decreased as treatment intensity increased. Regionally important species were influenced positively by greater vegetation coverage attained by banded HWC.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Demarais, Stephen
Commitee: Ezell, Andrew, Jones, Jeanne
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Wildlife and Fisheries
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Wildlife Management, Ecology, Forestry
Keywords: Canopy closure, Diversity, Intensive management, Pine plantation, Species richness, Vegetation community
Publication Number: 1491042
ISBN: 978-1-124-58811-7
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