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A Resurvey of a Loblolly Pine Community Twenty-Nine Years After Ground and Crown Fire

H. J. Oosting and R. B. Livingston
Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club
Vol. 91, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1964), pp. 387-395
Published by: Torrey Botanical Society
DOI: 10.2307/2483431
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2483431
Page Count: 9
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A Resurvey of a Loblolly Pine Community Twenty-Nine Years After Ground and Crown Fire
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Abstract

Nine years after burning of a 35-year loblolly pine stand, effects of ground and crown fire on community structure were studied. Twenty years later it was resurveyed using identical methods. Development of the unburned portion was typical for the area with considerable self-thinning and the appearance of subordinate oak and hickory. The ground fire originally produced few noticeable effects but after 20 years there was a marked decline of relative BA, much more self-thinning and a greater number of hardwoods than in the unburned area. The crown fire initially almost eliminated pine in all strata and hardwoods from sprouts and seed came in so abundantly that hardwood-pine dominance seemed a safe prediction. Instead, many hardwood sprouts died and pine attaining transgressive sizes so outgrew the hardwoods that after 20 years the dominant stratum was predominantly pine.

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