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Unformatted text preview: Long Leaf Pine • Distributed throughout coastal plane of GA • Fire is a natural component • Pretty much long gone. ..used to extend in eastern Texas up to N. Virginia. 97% of original forest has been lost. 1. Role of fire in maintaining pine leaf forest? Fire is essential. It would be like taking the rain out of the rainforest. Without fire the long leaf forest would not exist. Biologists now have to prescribe fires. Burning allows trees to germinate. 2. What problems are caused by fire suppression? Humans not allowing fires to occur… too much new vegetation won’t be able to survive fires 3. What is a keystone species? Important species for constructing an ecosystem. 4. Why is the gopher tortoise a keystone species? One of the oldest living creatures on Earth. Range of species have decreased because their habitat has disappeared and been destroyed. Burrows are imp. to so many species....
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- Fall '08
- Geography, Ecological succession, longleaf pine forests