Land managers need guidance on desired vegetation structure as they work to create habitat for wildlife species considered open pine specialists.
Existing vegetation guidelines were tested against field data from wildlife research and vegetation monitoring collected over the last 20 years at a high-quality longleaf pine site.
This study showed that on this site, open pine wildlife were more tolerant of higher canopy cover and lower coverage of herbaceous understory, providing managers greater flexibility.
McIntyre, R.K., Conner, L.M., Jack, S.B., Schlimm, E.M. and Smith, L.L., 2019. Wildlife habitat condition in open pine woodlands: Field data to refine management targets. Forest ecology and management, 437, pp.282-294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2019.01.045
Kevin McIntyre, [email protected]