The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem

Ecology, Silviculture, and Restoration

  • Shibu Jose
  • Eric J. Jokela
  • Deborah L. Miller

Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XII
    2. Shibu Jose, Eric J. Jokela, Deborah L. Miller
      Pages 3-8
  3. Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XII
    2. Dale G. Brockway, Kenneth W. Outcalt, William D. Boyer
      Pages 95-133
  4. Silviculture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XII
    2. James M. Guldin
      Pages 217-249
    3. John S. Kush, J. C. G. Goelz, Richard A. Williams, Douglas R. Carter, Peter E. Linehan
      Pages 251-267
  5. Restoration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XII
    2. Rhett Johnson, Dean Gjerstad
      Pages 271-295
    3. Joan L. Walker, Andrea M. Silletti
      Pages 297-333
    4. Ralph Costa, Roy S. DeLotelle
      Pages 335-376
    5. Thomas S. Hoctor, Reed F. Noss, Larry D. Harris, K. A. Whitney
      Pages 377-402
    6. Janaki R. R. Alavalapati, G. Andrew Stainback, Jagannadha R. Matta
      Pages 403-412
    7. Vernon Compton, J. Bachant Brown, M. Hicks, P. Penniman
      Pages 413-429
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 431-438

About this book


The longleaf pine ecosystem, once one of the most extensive ecosystems in North America, is now among the most threatened. Over the past few centuries, land clearing, logging, fire suppression, and the encroachment of more aggressive plants have led to an overwhelming decrease in the ecosystem’s size, to approximately 2.2% of its original coverage. Despite this devastation, the range of the longleaf still extends from Virginia to Texas. Through the combined efforts of organizations such as the USDA Forest Service, the Longleaf Alliance, and the Nature Conservancy, extensive programs to conserve, restore, and manage the ecosystem are currently underway.

The longleaf pine ecosystem is valued not only for its aesthetic appeal, but also for its outstanding biodiversity, habitat value, and for the quality of the longleaf pine lumber. It has a natural resistance to fire and insects, and supports more than thirty threatened or endangered plant and animal species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker and the gopher tortoise.

The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem unites a wealth of current information on the ecology, silviculture, and restoration of this ecosystem. The book also includes a discussion of the significant historical, social, and political aspects of ecosystem management, making it a valuable resource for students, land managers, ecologists, private landowners, government agencies, consultants, and the forest products industry.

About the Editors:

Dr. Shibu Jose is Associate Professor of Forest Ecology and Dr. Eric J. Jokela is Professor of Silviculture at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Deborah L. Miller is Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida in Milton.


Silviculture biodiversity classification ecology ecosystem fauna forest forest ecology growth insects logging organization plant plants regeneration

Editors and affiliations

  • Shibu Jose
    • 1
  • Eric J. Jokela
    • 2
  • Deborah L. Miller
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Forest Resources and ConservationUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Forest Resources and ConservationUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Wildlife Ecology and ConservationUniversity of FloridaMiltonUSA

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