Theses and Dissertations


Justin Neu

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Demerais, Stephen

Committee Member

Ezell, Andrew

Committee Member

Riffell, Samuel K.

Committee Member

Wigley, T. Bently

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Forest Resources


Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture


I evaluated effects of 4 common site preparation techniques on residual structure while comparing 2 techniques commonly used to estimate CWD volume in Southeast loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) commercial pine plantations in 2 ecoprovinces. The strip plot method (SPM) estimated greater volume than the line intercept method (LIM; 9.7 m3/ha and 11.4 m3/ha respectively). The SPM had lesser volume estimate variability and appears more appropriate for the Southeast. Mechanical sites had the greatest densities of green trees and fewest snag retention and overall were least decayed. Chemical preparation combinations had lesser green tree densities but greater snag densities. Piled CWD volumes were greatest in mechanical treatments and least in chemical plus burn treatments. The Outer Coastal Plain Mixed Forest Ecoprovince had 20% less volume than the Southeastern Mixed Forest Ecoprovince. Chemical plus burn site preparations had the least densities of remnant trees, snags, piled and individual CWD pieces.



Site prepertion||mechanical site preperation||chemical site preperation||broadcast burning||FSC||SFI||CWD||clearcut||habitat||green tree||snags||coarse woody debris