Growth and survival of South Florida slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa) on restored farmlands in Everglades National Park
O.H.re, N.K.; Dalrymple, G.H.
Ecological Restoration 24(4): 242-249
ISSN/ISBN: 1543-4060 DOI: 10.3368/er.24.4.242
This article describes the natural re-establishment of south Florida slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa) on former farmlands within Everglades National Park. Restoration of these farmlands involves removal of all existing vegetation and underlying disturbed soils, followed by natural recruitment - there is no planting or seeding. Four years after restoration, 3,013 seedlings greater than 4 inches (10 cm) in height occurred on the 31-acre (12.5 ha) site. The majority of seedlings were within 82 feet (25 m) of an undisturbed rockland pine habitat and at elevations of 3.5 feet (1.1 m) or higher. Ground elevation affected both mortality rates and growth.