Yellow pine site Desired Future Conditions
Shenandoah National Park is working on a GIS model to prioritize burn units and define desired future conditions for fire dependent vegetation. In the past, many prescribed fire projects have been developed with operational considerations and not ecological suitability or fire dependence. This project is similar to GIS models developed at Eglin AFB, Camp Lejeune, Fort Hood and the Pisgah NF.
Along with the GIS model, we are looking for input on target values for each of the strata that we currently monitor. We are working with a professor from Penn State University and have obtained a few target values for xeric Oak sites. We are trying to quantify similar target ranges for Yellow Pine sites. We realize that it is going to be very site dependent, but any information will help us develop target thresholds. Can anyone provide information or let us know where we may find it?
Data we often collect includes:
1.) Yellow Pine seedlings per/ha (<60 cm OR >60cm in height)
2.) Pole Tree Density (<2.5 cm >15 cm in height)
3.) BA Overstory Trees (>15 cm dbh)
4.) % Herb Cover
5.) Shrub cover
6.) Non-Native species cover
540-999-3500 ext. 3323Melissa_Forder@nps.gov