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Wednesday, November 4 • 9:40am - 10:00am
Successful Bottomland Hardwood Restoration in West Tennessee

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Damon B. Hollis, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; Scott E. Schlarbaum, University of Tennessee

Regenerating bottomland hardwoods, primarily oaks, has become a subject of considerable interest to land managers in the southeastern United States, particularly within the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley. Most bottomland regeneration programs have found success to be problematic on sites where the natural hydrology has been disrupted and/or are subjected to frequent flooding. Since 2000, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has worked closely with the University of Tennessee’s Tree Improvement Program (UT-TIP) and two State Nurseries to successfully implement bottomland hardwood plantings in West Tennessee. Acorns were collected in the planting sites’ vicinity and taken to the nursery, which produced high-quality seedlings that were, by virtue of the seed collections, locally adapted to the planting sites. Species were matched to site by establishing altitudinal gradients prior to planting, as changes in elevation in many bottomland sites are difficult to visually discern. To date, over 3.6 million seedlings have been planted on approximately 3300 hectares with a resulting survival of >80 percent. This restoration approach is more resource demanding than past restoration attempts that simply purchase seedlings with scant regard for quality or seed source and do not match species to site. The high probability of success, however, justifies the additional expense. Future plantings will eventually incorporate seedlings that are genetically improved for early growth and seed production from orchards developed by the UT-TIP. TWRA’s tree plantings greatly benefit wildlife in a landscape dominated by row crop cover.

Wednesday November 4, 2015 9:40am - 10:00am EST
Ballroom Salon B

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