Managing Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Ecological Integrity Alongside Traditional Forestry (Web-based)
Georgia native plants support quality wildlife habitat for hunting, conservation, and ecological integrity. This can be demonstrated in management of longleaf pine ecosystems, where timber and understory management occur simultaneously to support both economic and ecological goals. The understory that can occur under these management systems supports diverse and abundant wildlife. Longleaf pine ecosystem management often includes prescribed fire use, mid-story removal/ reduction, wiregrass propagation, and encouragement of other understory herbaceous plants. In more traditional loblolly/ slash pine forest management, native plants that support wildlife and ecological integrity can be encouraged in buffer zones or marginal areas of a stand. In these areas, native plants that support wildlife habitat, such as fruit and nut-bearing native trees and shrubs and beneficial insect-attracting plants, can be encouraged.