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Enhancement of suppressed bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) growth on the Roanoke River NWR, NC

Duration

August 2007 - December 2011

Narrative

The purpose of this project is to reduce the canopy cover of water tupelo around the pockets of suppressed baldcypress trees in an effort to provide the necessary light and space to allow the trees to reach canopy height. The specific objective of this project is to assess impacts of canopy opening on growth dynamics of tagged and banded bald cypress trees to develop and improve habitat restoration techniques. It is hypothesized that increased sunlight (reduced competition) will enhance growth of the released bald cypress.
Task 1 Tupelo trees that are shading young cypress trees will be identified and injected with the herbicide Habitat.
Task 2 Growth of the target cypress trees will be monitored using growth bands placed around the tree at breast height designed to expand with the tree.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 37

Presentations: 141

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Research Partnership Proposal (Eastern Reg Off)

South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Clemson University
  2. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute