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Biogeography: An interweave of climate, fire, and humans

October 1, 2017

Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) is an icon of the southeastern United States and has been considered a foundation species in forests, woodlands, and savannas of the region (Schwarz 1907; Platt 1999). Longleaf pine is an avatar for the extensive pine-dominated, fire-dependent ecosystems (Figure 2.1) that provide habitats for thousands of species and have largely vanished from the landscape. Longleaf pine is one of the world's most resilient and fire-adapted trees (Keeley and Zedler 1998), widely perceived as the sole dominant in forests across a large area of the Southeast (Sargent 1884; Mohr 1896; Wahlenberg 1946). Longleaf pine was once a primary natural resource, providing high-quality timber, resins, and naval stores that fueled social changes and economic growth through the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title Biogeography: An interweave of climate, fire, and humans
Authors Michael C. Stambaugh, J. Morgan Varner, Stephen T. Jackson
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70176911
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southwest Climate Science Center

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