Fire-Maintained Pine Savannas and Woodlands of the Southeastern United States Coastal Plain

  • Robert K. Peet
  • William J. Platt
  • Jennifer K. Costanza


Descriptions by early naturalists provide glimpses of presettlement southeastern coastal plain landscapes. Means (1996) quoted Bartram (1791): “This plain is mostly … the great long-leaved pine (P. palustris Linn.), the earth covered with grass, interspersed with an infinite variety of herbaceous plants, and embellished with extensive savannas, always green, sparkling with ponds of water…. We left the magnificent savanna …, passing through a level, open, airy pine forest, the stately trees scatteringly planted by nature, arising straight and erect from the green carpet, embellished with various grasses and flowering plants, and gradually ascending the sand hills … ”


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  • Jennifer K. Costanza

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