Successional Trends of Six Mature Shortleaf Pine Forests in Missouri

  title={Successional Trends of Six Mature Shortleaf Pine Forests in Missouri},
  author={Michael C. Stambaugh and Rose-Marie Muzika},
—Many of Missouri’s mature oak-shortleaf pine (Quercus-Pinus echinata) forests are in a mid-transition stage characterized by partial pine overstory, limited pine recruitment, and minimal pine regeneration. Restoration of shortleaf pine communities at a large scale necessitates the understanding and management of natural regeneration. To understand late-successional conditions of shortleaf pine forests, we conducted a complete survey of woody vegetation and canopy openings at six uncut and old… CONTINUE READING


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