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Midstory Hardwoods Inhibit Deer Forage in Loblolly Pine Plantations

Robert M. Blair and Donald P. Feduccia
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 41, No. 4 (Oct., 1977), pp. 677-684
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3799989
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3799989
Page Count: 8
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Midstory Hardwoods Inhibit Deer Forage in Loblolly Pine Plantations
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Abstract

The basal area of a hardwood midstory developed inversely to the basal area of pine. Within 2 years after hardwood midstory elimination at pine age 42, herbage dry matter increased from 303.3 to 866.3 kg/ha and browse increased from 424.4 to 1,050.8 kg/ha. During the next 3 years, herbage yields increased further to 957.2 kg/ha and browse to 1,363.6 kg. The increases were directly related to hardwood basal area before midstory elimination. After the midstory was removed herbage yields varied inversely with pine basal area, but browse yields were not significantly influenced by pine basal area.

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