A long-unburned stand of sand pine (Pinus clausa) was burned with a low intensity winter burn. The results indicate that this burning regime did not restore the populations of endemic herbaceous species nor did it restore a sand pine canopy. In fact, the community shifted toward a xeric hammock, characterized by the persistence of woody understory species. This study demonstrates the necessity of monitoring the consequences of the reintroduction of fire to old stands of sand pine and of recognizing variation in vegetative responses to different fire regimes.
The results of a 10-year study in four separate blocks on the Chipola Experimental Forest showed that the growth of sand pine was virtually unaffected by site preparation, and exceeded that of both longleaf and slash pine.
Reports on the isolation of pitch canker disease from sand pine, describes the symptomatology of the naturally occurring infections and establishes proof of pathogenicity.
Spear’s scrub is a 290 acre sand pine scrub community located at Rock Springs Run State Reserve. Large sand pines were timbered to improve the habitat for scrub-jays and to allow a more suitable habitat for prescribed burns. A small population of striped newts was monitored during the timber operation in order to protect the populations and associated ponds.
Translocation of scrub jays into the GRWMA is feasible, but should be considered a relatively low priority due to the long term risks to the source population.
GIS analysis was used to determine the extent of Florida scrub jay use in Brevard County, FL. Of the remaining 13,000+ acres of scrub habitat, less than 2% was determined to be in optimal condition for Florida scrub jays.
Sand pine was found to be adaptable to the sulfate process for the production of strong kraft and bleachable pulps.
The vegetation and avian communities of a site located on the Kennedy Space Center consisting of oak/palmetto scrub was intentionally burned. The prescribed fire altered avian community composition for at least 6 months where nearly all vegetation burned. Twenty years after clearing of an oak/palmetto scrub, the regenerated oak-scrub differed from adjacent oak/palmetto scrub in exhibiting more bare ground, a taller shrub layer, and more herbaceous species. The data suggests that disturbed areas can represent important wildlife habitat.
This paper discusses scrub jay territories, habitat requirements, management needs, and a territory classification system based on shrub heights. A simplified rapid assessment and monitoring approach is described as a method for fire management.
Population trends were predicted using population modeling and field data on reproduction and survival of Florida scrub jays collected from 1988-1995 on the Kennedy Space Center.