M. Colter Chitwood

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Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
North Carolina State University
110 Brooks Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607, USA

Publications in Fire Ecology

Variability in Fire Prescriptions to Promote Wildlife Foods in the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
Pages: 62-78
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1103062

Prescribed fire is commonly used to restore and maintain the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) ecosystem (LLPE).  A key function of the LLPE is the provisioning of food for wildlife.  Despite the plethora of literature evaluating the effects of fire season and fire-return interval on plant community dynamics, little attention has been given to the response of wildlife foods to fire season or fire-return interval.  We measured the availability of key wildlife foods (fleshy fruit [i.e., seed containing a nutritious pericarp] and understory plant biomass) in upland pine forest following dormant-season (December–February) and growing-season (April–June) fires in a chronosequential design.  [Read More]

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Variability in Fire Prescriptions to Promote Wildlife Foods in the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
Pages: 62-79
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1103062

Prescribed fire is commonly used to restore and maintain the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) ecosystem (LLPE).  A key function of the LLPE is the provisioning of food for wildlife.  Despite the plethora of literature evaluating the effects of fire season and fire-return interval on plant community dynamics, little attention has been given to the response of wildlife foods to fire season or fire-return interval.  We measured the availability of key wildlife foods (fleshy fruit [i.e., seed containing a nutritious pericarp] and understory plant biomass) in upland pine forest following dormant-season (December–February) and growing-season (April–June) fires in a chronosequential design.  [Read More]

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