Jordan Luongo, Jim Clark
This sandhills site is owned and managed by the The Nature Conservancy for longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) and wildlife habitat. Prescribed burning occurs at approximately two-yr intervals. Red cockaded woodpeckers occupy the site. Longleaf savannas also support hardwoods including Quercus nigra, Q. laevis, Q. marilandica, Q. margarettae, Q. velutina, Q. incana, Carya glabra, C. pallida, Diospyros virginiana, and Sassafras albidum. Bottomlands include Nyssa sylvatica, Persea borbonia, and Liriodendron tulipifera.
Two plots have been established. CALL_PIPA is a circular, 54-m diameter plot in upland longleaf savanna with wiregrass understory (photo above). Because only longleaf occurs on this plot, sampling is limited to mapping, tree attributes, and crop counts–there are no seed traps.
CALL_HDWD takes in the transition from bottomland hardwood swamp to upland longleaf pine. This 50 m x 40 m plot includes both crop counts and seed traps.