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.
Foreword. The Background for Ecological Restoration. The Fire Forest of the Past and Present. Biogeography: An Interweave of Climate, Fire, and Humans. The Social and Economic Drivers of the Southeastern Forest Landscape. The Ecological Basis for Restoration. Regeneration Dynamics, Competition, and Seedling Response. Mechanistic Controls of Community Assembly and Biodiversity. The Role of Fuels for Understanding Fire Behavior and Fire Effects. Ecosystem Processes and Restoration. Considering Herbivory and Predation in Forest Management. Geographically Isolated Wetlands: Embedded Habitats. Ecosystem Restoration: Linking Ecological Understanding and Management. Restoring and Managing the Overstory: An Ecological Forestry Approach. Restoring and Managing a Diverse Ground Cover. Management and Restoration for Wildlife. Restoration and Practical Issues. Air Quality and Human Health Challenges to Prescribed Fire. Ecosystem Monitoring and Adaptive Management. Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Restoration Perspectives. Planning for an Uncertain Future: Restoration to Mitigate Water Scarcity and Sustain Carbon Sequestration. Longleaf Pine Restoration in Context: Comparisons of Frequent-Fire Forests. Longleaf Pine Ecosystems: The Path Forward.