Characterizing the Site: Environment, Associated Vegetation, and Site Potential

  • Henry L. Gholz
  • Lindsay R. Boring
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 36)


“Site,” in the context of this manual, can be defined as the totality of environmental factors — physical, chemical, and biological — influencing the survival and growth of planted southern pine seedlings. However, a host of additional constraints — economic, aesthetic, and legal — also affect management practices applied to a particular site. Environmental factors can be modified in many ways to affect regeneration, subject to these “additional constraints.” In the climatically and ecologically diverse southern pine region, natural site conditions have been significantly modified over time through logging of presettlement virgin forests, conversion of sites from agriculture to forestry, drainage, and fire exclusion. Managers must be aware of the opportunities and limitations imposed by site over the wide variety of forest types to efficiently improve regeneration and stand growth.


Forest Type Coastal Plain Hardwood Species Mixed Hardwood Good Management Practice 
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