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Thinning Loblolly Pine Stands To Benefit Wildlife & Timber Production

Loblolly pine is the most common timber species in the southern United States. This is due to the tree’s ability to grow rapidly on a wide variety of sites. It is considered a medium- to large-sized tree with an average height of 90 to 11…

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Chronic Wasting Disease

What is chronic wasting disease (CWD)?
Chronic wasting disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects cervids such as white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, and caribou. CWD is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) simila…

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Fixed-Radius Plots as Inventory Method in Southern Forests

Although an array of forest sampling techniques are available to land managers, the use of fixed-radius plots (FRPs) for forest inventories is common in southern forests.

Fixed-radius plots are usually circular with plot sizes commonly r…

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Planting Longleaf Pine in the Southern Urban Landscape

Why should you consider planting longleaf pine in urban landscapes?
Longleaf pine is found across a wide variety of natural settings in the Southeast. With little attention, longleaf pine trees can be grown in parks and residential areas…

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Wild Neighbors: Living with Urban & Suburban Wildlife

Living near intrusive neighbors can be a challenge. Especially when they howl in the middle of the night, slither through your yard, chew on your house, and steal your food. Wildlife neighbors certainly can present problems at times…

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Assessing and Managing Storm-Damaged Timber

Storms not only damage homes and businesses but they also damage agricultural land, including timberland. Landowners who have forests affected by storms should take immediate action to mitigate their losses.

Assessing Damage …

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Bobwhite Quail Management

The Bobwhite quail was once the most popular game bird in the South. When most agricultural crops were grown in small patches, quail thrived throughout the state. High densities of bobwhites, largely a by-product of land-use pattern…

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Ticks & Tick-borne Illnesses in Alabama

What is a tick, why do ticks bite, and why does it matter?

Ticks are very small external parasites that feed by sucking blood from animals (hosts), including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Most ticks go throu…

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Controlling Damage from Moles and Voles

Damage to your property may be caused by moles or voles. Knowing the difference between the two animals is essential to controlling the problem.

Moles and voles, while both tunnel makers, are distinct in behavior and in the…

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Kudzu Control in Forests, Rights-of-Way & Natural Areas

Kudzu (Pueraria montana [Lour.] Merr.) is the most well-known invasive plant in the southeastern United States. Its aggressive and smothering growth habit makes it a serious weed problem in many noncrop environments including forests, right…

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Beaver Control in Alabama

In the 1930s, beaver populations in Alabama were reduced to about 500 animals as a result of trapping, hunting, and the demand for fur. Conservation efforts, such as reintroductions and regulated harvest, in conjunction with low fur prices …

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Cogongrass Management FAQ

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is one of the greatest invasive plant threats in Alabama and in the southeastern United States. Although it has been here for more than a century, the problem has dramatically increased in the last 20 years….

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Controlling Mistletoe in Trees

Mistletoe is not usually thought of until it’s a holiday decoration. This odd plant has a long tradition of romantic, fertility, magical, and even diplomatic uses. For example, standing beneath mistletoe on a field of battle allowed C…

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