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The fruit of woody plants is important as food for wildlife (Martin et al. 1951, Lay 1965). The relation of fruit production to southern forest stand conditions has been explored in only a few studies. Fruit production is greater in forest clearings than in closed forest stands (Lay 1966, Elalls and Alcaniz 1968). In Georgia slash pine (Pinus elliottii) plantations, fruit yields of shrubs are greatest in 4-yeas-old stands, and soil disturbance in site preparation greatly reduces fruit yields (Johnson and Landers 1978). Total fruit production is greatest in 5-year-old bedded loblolly pine (P. taeda) plantations in Mississippi (Campo and Hurst 1980). Data are limited, however, on how fruit yields are affected by various site preparation treatments for planting pines arid by conditions in developing pine stands over a period of years. In this study, we compare fruit production after 4 site treatments on clear-cuts 3, 5, and 8 growing seasons after pine planting.


Stransky, John J.; Roese, John H. 1984. Promoting soft mast for wildlife in intensively managed forests. Wildlife Society Bulletin 12: 234-240



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