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Wednesday, November 4 • 9:20am - 9:40am
Efficacy of Landscape Scale Oak Woodland and Savanna Restoration at Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales

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H. Tyler Pittman, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Arkansas; David G. Krementz, U.S. Geological Survey, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Arkansas

The loss of historic ecosystem conditions has led to forest managers over the past 12 yrs implementing woodland and savanna ecosystem restoration on a landscape scale (≥10,000 ha) in the Central Hardwoods. Managers are attempting to restore and conserve these ecosystems through the reintroduction of disturbance, mainly short-rotation early-growing-season prescribed fire. Short-rotation early-growing season prescribed fire in the Central Hardwoods typically occurs from immediately before bud break, through bud break and before leaf out, and fire events occur on a three to five yr interval. We initiated our study to examine the impact and efficacy of short-rotation early-growing season prescribed fire as a restoration tool on vegetation characteristics. We collected vegetation measurements at 70 locations annually from 2011 to 2012 within and around the White Rock Ecosystem Restoration Area (WRERA), Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, Arkansas, USA and used generalized linear models to understand changes in vegetation structure. We found the number of large shrubs (>5 cm base diameter) decreased and small shrubs (

Wednesday November 4, 2015 9:20am - 9:40am EST
Ballroom Salon B

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