A Synthesis of Rights-of-way Native Plant Communities: Identifying Their Relevance to Historical and Contemporary Piedmont Savannas Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Adams, Nicholas S.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum in Environment and Ecology
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  • The presettlement Piedmont landscape supported an apparent abundance of fire-maintained landscapes, including Piedmont savannas. A loss of fire on the natural landscape led to a decline of fire-tolerant, sun-loving native herbaceous plants that had persisted for thousands of years. These plants are now restricted to few natural areas, and a suite of rights-of-way where frequent mowing has favored them. There is great interest within the conservation community in restoring these management-intensive savanna landscapes. Thirty-one rural rights-of-way displaying savanna-like herbaceous vegetation in the North Carolina Piedmont were surveyed in order to build a reference for managers wishing to restore savannas. Four distinct vegetative groups and their environmental preferences were identified. This information was then used to determine which group(s) should be prescribed for a restoration site at Mason Farm Biological Reserve.
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  • Peet, Robert K.
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  • Master of Science
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  • 2012
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