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Data Development for a Decision Support Tool for Longleaf and Open Pine Ecosystems


September 2009 - June 2011


1. Identify and obtain the available spatial data for the development of an open pine decision support tool for the historical range of longleaf pine.
2. Map the density of suitable sites for the restoration of open pine ecosystems based on land form, land use, and range limits.
3. Map the relative ability for land managers to use fire for the maintenance of open pine ecosystems based on the density of urban and developed lands.
4. Use the density of conservation lands to determine where the potential exists for long-term conservation and maintenance of open pine systems.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 29

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 29

Presentations: 87



Funding Agencies

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Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 
  2. Auburn University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute