Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation project (PINEMAP) A Coordinated Agricultural Project funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Loblolly pine foliage and cone. Photo courtesy of John Seiler.
Throughfall exclusion structures at the Tier III site in McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Duncan Wilson.
PINEMAP team members pose for a photo during the 2013 annual meeting field tour at the Tier III throughfall exclusion x fertilization site in Taliaferro County, GA.
Weather station at the Tier III throughfall exclusion x fertilization site in Taylor County, Florida. Photo courtesy of Jessica Ireland.
Virginia Tech M.S. student Brett Heim uses a LI-COR 6200 to measure soil respiration underneath a throughfall exclusion structure at the Virginia Tier III site. Photo courtesy of John Seiler.
The green shaded area in this map depicts the native range of loblolly pine; blue tags show collaborating institutions and yellow circles show locations of manipulative field experiments to examine the interaction of soil nutrient and water availability. Remote sensing image courtesy Google Earth; range map courtesy USDA Forest Service.
University of Florida M.S. student Maxwell Wightman drills a hole to insert thermal dissipation sensor probes into a tree at the Tier III throughfall exclusion x fertilization site in Taylor County, Florida. Photo courtesy of Geoff Lokuta
Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation project (PINEMAP) is one of three Coordinated Agricultural Projects funded in 2011 by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). PINEMAP focuses on the 20 million acres of planted pine forests managed by private landowners in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal states from Virginia to Texas, plus Arkansas and Oklahoma. These forests provide critical economic and ecological services to U.S. citizens. Southeastern forests contain 1/3 of the contiguous U.S. forest carbon and form the backbone of an industry that supplies 16% of global industrial wood, 5.5% of the jobs, and 7.5% of the industrial economic activity of the region. PINEMAP integrates research, extension, and education to enable southern pine landowners to manage forests to increase carbon sequestration; increase efficiency of nitrogen and other fertilizer inputs; and adapt forest management approaches to increase forest resilience and sustainability under variable climates.
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