Monday, 17 November 2003: 4:00 PM
Remnant Fire Disturbed Montane Longleaf Pine Forest in West Central Georgia, USA
Fire disturbed ecosystems are characteristics of the southeastern Coastal Plain of the United States. Less well known are fire disturbed mountainous regions of the Piedmont and Appalachian region that support longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) ecosystems. The Pine Mountain Range in the Piedmont of West Central Georgia, USA has remnant longleaf pine ecosystems that occupy steep south to southwest facing slopes with shallow soils. The montane longleaf ecosystems contain an unusual species composition of coastal plain (Quercus margaretta) and Appalachian (Vaccinium vacillans)species. The future survival of these unusual ecosystems without the reintroduction of fire is doubtful.