Response of planted South Florida Slash Pine to simulated cattle damage
Journal of Range Management 29(3): 198-201
Damage treatments, consisting of various degrees and combinations of foliage removal, shoot removal, stem bending and girdling, were applied to seedlings of Pinus elliottii var. densa planted in SW Florida in 1963-65. The results 5 years after planting were assessed in terms of survival, height growth and basal area. The response to defoliation alone were generally slight, and varied according to the age at which the treatment was applied. Full girdling led to heavy, but not total, mortality.