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FOR93: Chapter 4: Plant Succession and Disturbances in the Urban Forest Ecosystem

Figure 6.3. Longleaf pine ecosystems are dependent on frequent, low intensity ground fires. Fires maintain an open canopy (6.1) and an extremely diverse flora in the ground layer (6.2). In the absence of fires, other species, such as vines and shrubs, are favored resulting in the loss of this ecosystem's natural diversity (6.3).