Regeneration of hardwood coppice following clearcutting with and without prescribed fire
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): M. K. Augspurger ; D. H. Van Lear ; S. K. Cox ; D. R. Phillips
Publication Year: 1987

Cataloging Information

  • Acer rubrum
  • Appalachian Mountains
  • backfires
  • broadcast burning
  • burning intervals
  • Carya glabra
  • clearcutting
  • Cornus florida
  • fire dependent species
  • fire exclusion
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire sensitive plants
  • forest management
  • forest products
  • Georgia
  • hardwood forests
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • Kalmia latifolia
  • litter
  • logging
  • mortality
  • Nyssa sylvatica
  • Oxydendrum arboreum
  • Piedmont
  • pine forests
  • Pinus strobus
  • plant growth
  • post fire recovery
  • Prunus serotina
  • Quercus alba
  • Quercus coccinea
  • Quercus falcata
  • Quercus prinus
  • regeneration
  • resprouting
  • sampling
  • seedlings
  • site treatments
  • sloping terrain
  • South Carolina
  • sprouting
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Record Last Modified: August 8, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39784
Tall Timbers Record Number: 14509
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:SE-42
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Three hardwood stands in the Piedmont and Southern Appalachians of South Carolina and Georgia were clearfelled in the winter of 1982-83. Following harvest, designated study plots were broadcast burned during the fall of 1983. Hardwood coppice regrowth was measured one and two years after burning. Burning significantly increased the total number of basal sprouts for the. oak and miscellaneous species group. Poor drying conditions on north-facing slopes resulted in low intensity fires with less effect on sprout origin. Two years following treatment, the number of small stumps (<5 cm) having at least one living basal sprout were greatest on burned plots. Broadcast burning favorably influenced hardwood coppice regrowth by promoting basal sprouting and by encouraging sprouting from small stumps.

Augspurger, M. K., D. H. Van Lear, S. K. Cox, and D. R. Phillips. 1987. Regeneration of hardwood coppice following clearcutting with and without prescribed fire, Proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference, 4-6 November, 1986, Atlanta, GA. USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station,Asheville, NC. p. 89-92,General Technical Report SE-42.