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1st Edition

Ecological Restoration and Management of Longleaf Pine Forests

ISBN 9781498748186
Published September 12, 2017 by CRC Press
427 Pages - 61 Color & 82 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Ecological Restoration and Management of Longleaf Pine Forests is a timely synthesis of the current understanding of the natural dynamics and processes in longleaf pine ecosystems. This book beautifully illustrates how incorporation of basic ecosystem knowledge and an understanding of socioeconomic realities shed new light on established paradigms and their application for restoration and management. Unique for its holistic ecological focus, rather than a more traditional silvicultural approach, the book highlights the importance of multi-faceted actions that robustly integrate forest and wildlife conservation at landscape scales, and merge ecological with socioeconomic objectives for effective conservation of the longleaf pine ecosystem.

Table of Contents



The Fire Forest of the Past and Present

L. Katherine Kirkman, Steven B. Jack, and R. Kevin McIntyre

Biogeography: An Interweave of Climate, Fire, and Humans

Michael C. Stambaugh, J. Morgan Varner, and Stephen T. Jackson

The Social and Economic Drivers of the Southeastern Forest Landscape

R. Kevin McIntyre, Barrett B. McCall, and David N. Wear


Regeneration Dynamics, Competition, and Seedling Response

Steven B. Jack and Stephen D. Pecot

Mechanistic Controls of Community Assembly and Biodiversity

L. Katherine Kirkman and Jonathan A. Myers

The Role of Fuels for Understanding Fire Behavior and Fire Effects

E. Louise Loudermilk, J. Kevin Hiers, and Joseph J. O’Brien

Ecosystem Processes and Restoration

Lindsay R. Boring, Joseph J. Hendricks, R. Scott Taylor, and Daniel Markewitz

Considering Herbivory and Predation in Forest Management

L. Mike Conner and Michael J. Cherry

Geographically Isolated Wetlands: Embedded Habitats

Lora L. Smith, Amanda L. Subalusky, Carla L. Atkinson, and L. Katherine Kirkman


Restoring and Managing the Overstory: An Ecological Forestry Approach

Steven B. Jack and R. Kevin McIntyre

Restoring and Managing a Diverse Ground Cover

L. Katherine Kirkman and Lisa M. Giencke

Management and Restoration for Wildlife

Lora L. Smith, James A. Cox, L. Mike Conner, Robert A. McCleery, and Elizabeth M. Schlimm


Air Quality and Human Health Challenges to Prescribed Fire

Mark A. Melvin and R. Kevin McIntyre

Ecosystem Monitoring and Adaptive Management

Robert D. Sutter and Brandon T. Rutledge


Planning for an Uncertain Future: Restoration to Mitigate Water Scarcity and Sustain Carbon Sequestration

Steven T. Brantley, James M. Vose, David N. Wear, and Larry Band

Longleaf Pine Restoration in Context: Comparisons of Frequent-Fire Forests

Seth W. Bigelow, Michael C. Stambaugh, Joseph J. O’Brien, Andrew J. Larson, and Michael A. Battaglia

Longleaf Pine Ecosystems: The Path Forward

Steven B. Jack and L. Katherine Kirkman

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K. Kirkman is a Scientist at the J. W. Jones Ecological Research Center, where she has worked as a Plant Ecologist since1992. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Botany. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Georgia, University of Florida, and Auburn University. Her research focus is on conservation of biodiversity of the longleaf pine ecosystem with particular interest in recovery of native ground cover, ecology of rare species, and ecological linkages of uplands and wetlands.

S. Jack has been at the J. W. Jones Ecological Research Center since 1997 where he is the Conservation Ecologist and Applied Forest Scientist. In this role he conducts applied research to develop a better understanding of the ecological basis for multi-aged silvicultural practices, provides technical support and forest management expertise within the resource management program of the Center, and is involved in many terrestrially-oriented outreach activities. He received his Ph.D. from Utah State University in forest ecology and silviculture, and previously was on the faculty at Texas A&M University.