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Natural establishment of woody species on abandoned agricultural fields in the lower Mississippi Valley: first- and second-year results

General Technical Report SRS 20
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Abstract

The natural establishment of woody seedlings on abandoned agricultural fields was investigated at sites in Louisiana and Mississippi. Series of disked and undisked plots originating at forest edges and oriented in cardinal directions were established on fields at each site. During the firest 2 years, seedling recruitment was dominated by sweetgum, sugarberry, and elms at both sites. Seedling establishment was strongly affected by direction from mature forest and disking, and to a slightly lesser degree by distance from mature forest. Slightly under half of the variation in seedling numbers per plot was explained by the effects of direction, distance, and disking, indicating that other factors also may play an important role in seedling recruitment.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Natural establishment of woody species on abandoned agricultural fields in the lower Mississippi Valley: first- and second-year results
Series title General Technical Report SRS
Series number 20
Year Published 1998
Language English
Publisher U.S. Department of Agriculture
Publisher location Asheville, NC
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Federal Government Series
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference
First page 263
Last page 268
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