A shelterwood-burn technique for regenerating productive upland oak sites in the Piedmont region
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Patrick H. Brose; David H. Van Lear; Patrick D. Keyser
Publication Year: 1998

Cataloging Information

  • Acer rubrum
  • burning intervals
  • competition
  • cutting
  • disturbance
  • fire hazard reduction
  • forest management
  • fuel management
  • hardwood forests
  • hardwoods
  • Liquidambar styraciflua
  • Liriodendron tulipifera
  • mortality
  • overstory
  • Piedmont
  • Quercus
  • regeneration
  • resprouting
  • season of fire
  • seed production
  • shelterwood
  • surface fires
  • wildlife habitat management
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 11255
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Regenerating oak stands on productive upland sites is widely recognized by foresters as a major problem in hardwood management. Recent research indicates that oak regeneration is more resistant to surface fires than its primary competitors on these sites if burning occurs 3 to 5 years after partial overstory harvest. This combination of cutting followed by fire (shelterwood-burn technique) mimics natural disturbances that have occurred in eastern North America for millennia and appears to be a viable approach to regenerating oaks on productive upland sites. This paper presents silvicultural guidelines for applying the shelterwood-burn technique on productive upland sites and discusses its benefits for private landowners and resource professionals.

Online Link(s):
Brose, P. H., D. H. Van Lear, and P. Keyser. 1998. A shelterwood-burn technique for regenerating productive upland oak sites in the Piedmont region, Proceedings of the 1997 Society of American Foresters Annual Convention, 4-8 October 1997, Memphis, TN. Society of American Foresters,Bethesda, MD. p. 393-394,