The NJ pine barrens forests have changed in appearance and fire susceptibility during the past 40 years of fire suppression. We propose to establish and experimental manipulation of tree thinning and grass understory recruitment to attain an alternate stable state system that is similar to that being created by commercial logging operations, with the idea of protecting existing land and resources. We will evaluate the sustainability of such a system by measuring tree growth, changes in soil nutrient pools, nutrient losses and the impact on habitat type for vegetation communities and soil fauna in order to predict threats of commercial logging to the ecosystem and its floral and fauna.
|Effective start/end date||7/1/10 → 6/30/13|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))