Philip C. Stouffer

Effects of Row Spacing and Debris Distribution on Vegetative Communities in Newly Established Loblolly-pine Plantations in Louisiana

Wildlife Outstanding Technical Paper

Commercial pine (Pinus spp.) forests in the southeastern United States are critical to providing fiber for global wood supply needs. Intensive forest management techniques including row spacing and woody debris distribution can impact plant communities. Therefore, we quantified response of plant communities in replanted P. taeda stands to mechanical site preparation at two levels of row spacing (narrow and wide) and two methods of distributing woody debris (piling and scattering) following harvest in Louisiana. Sites were prepared with a combination of row spacing between planting beds (n...