Presenter: John Willis - Research Forester, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
Sponsors: Mississippi State University and U.S. Forest Service
Mixed-Species Management (MSM) entails managing stands containing pine and hardwood components through natural regeneration. MSM is an alternative management strategy that has the potential to help small landowners in the southeastern United States. A number of biological and economic benefits are associated with MSM, including protection against market disruptions, stand marketability, and resistance to species-specific pests and pathogens. This webinar series will introduce participants to MSM by describing silvicultural, economic, and landowner considerations as well as potential tradeoffs between MSM and pine plantation management. The goal of the series is to encourage participant to think about MSM as another tool in the forest management toolbox.