Fire resistance of South Florida slash pine

Ketcham, D.E.; Bethune, J.E.

Jour Forest 61(7): 529-530


Accession: 024695578

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A portion of a planting designed to test response of South Florida slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa) and typical slash pine (Pinus elliotti var. elliottii) to various site preparation treatments was accidentally burned when the seedlings were 2 years old. South Florida slash pine suffered substantially less mortality than typical slash pine which was practically eliminated by the wildfire. Survival of South Florida slash pine was significantly greater on areas burned by flank and backfires than on those burned by head fires. Survival was also significantly greater on areas from which a substantial portion of the fuel had been eliminated by complete clearing or double-chopping prior to planting.