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Thinning Pine Plantations to Reestablish Oak Openings Species in Northwestern Ohio
 

Summary: Thinning Pine Plantations to Reestablish Oak Openings Species
in Northwestern Ohio
Scott R. Abella
Received: 17 June 2009 / Accepted: 10 July 2010 / Published online: 1 August 2010
” Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
Abstract Globally the area in forest plantations is rising
by 2% annually, increasing the importance of plantations
for production of human goods and services and for eco-
logical functions such as carbon storage and biodiversity
conservation. Specifically in the Great Lakes states and
provinces of Midwestern North America, thousands of
hectares of pine plantations were established in the early
and mid-1900s to revegetate abandoned agricultural fields
that had replaced mixed-species forests and oak≠prairie
ecosystems. Plantation establishment also was intended to
bolster the timber base. Management priorities have shif-
ted, with many resource managers currently seeking to
manage existing plantations for promoting mixed-species
ecosystems. The purpose of this study was to assess plant
succession and the reestablishment of oak savanna and

  

Source: Abella, Scott R. - School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology