Controlled burning in longleaf pine second-growth timber
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): N. G.T. Simerly
Publication Year: 1936

Cataloging Information

  • Alabama
  • backfires
  • catastrophic fires
  • Chapman, H.H.
  • coniferous forests
  • fire control
  • fire equipment
  • fire exclusion
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire protection
  • fire suppression
  • firebreaks
  • forage
  • forest management
  • general interest
  • litter
  • livestock
  • longleaf pine
  • old growth forests
  • pine forests
  • Pinus elliottii
  • Pinus palustris
  • Pinus taeda
  • plant growth
  • season of fire
  • second growth forests
  • seedlings
  • size classes
  • succession
  • wind
  • wood
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 35333
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9631
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-J DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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The following narrative recounts the personal experience and observations of a veteran practical woodsman, in the matter of fire control on a 50,000-acre tract of second-growth longleaf pine in Baldwin County, Ala. An introductory note by Prof. H.H. Chapman provides orientation. 'This article sets forth Mr. Simerly's conversion to the principle of controlled burning, and the methods by which he has achieved an outstanding success in its application. The changed conditions and increasing hazards brought about by fire exclusion, the loss of forage, the increased hostility of cattlemen, and the tendency on the part of settlers to fire the woods during the summer season instead of, as formerly, in the winter season, are presented as convincing reasons for adopting controlled burning on the Baldwin County tract. This tract not only constitutes what is probably the finest stand of this species of recent origin, but was until recently perhaps the most outstanding example of successful exclusion of fire from pole timber within the range of the species...' © Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, MD. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Simerly, N. G. T. 1936. Controlled burning in longleaf pine second-growth timber. Journal of Forestry, v. 34, no. 7, p. 671-673.