Response of Planted South Florida Slash Pine to Simulated Cattle Damage
CitationHughes, R. H. (1976). Response of planted south Florida slash pine to simulated cattle damage. Journal of Range Management, 29(3), 198-201.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractSeedling outplants injured to resemble damage by cattle the 6th, 18th, or 30th month after planting were observed until trees attained sapling size. Simulated browsing alone killed few trees, but combinations of damage increased losses and aggravated the stunting of trees. With factorial combinations which included varying degrees of defoliation, shoot removal, and stem breakage, plots with unclipped trees contained 1 1/2 to 4 times more basal area at the end of the study than trees that were totally defoliated. Without the other treatments, less than a full girdle of the stem was not detrimental.