Master of Forest Resources Research Projects

Parris Island Depot Champion Tree Survey

Michael Broome
December 2010

ABSTRACT

The South Carolina Champion Tree Survey was completed in 2004. This database was used to create a public website (http://www.clemson.edu/champtree
/SouthCarolinaChampionTree.htm) that displays the current South Carolina Champion trees. Areas in South Carolina that have not been included in the Champion Tree survey can now be investigated with the Champion Tree website in place. The upland areas of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, were surveyed to locate significant trees or stands of trees in an effort fill in the gaps in the South Carolina Champion Tree database.  The survey took place during the spring and summer months of 2010.  Significant trees were measured, photographed, and referenced using a GPS.  Forty-one significant trees of different species were recorded on the Parris Island Depot. Twelve of the 41 recorded trees were determined to be State Champions or Co-Champions according to the current South Carolina Champion Tree Database. Three unique stands of trees were also recorded. The three unique stands contained 9 individuals of the largest species of trees on the island.  The survey methodology used may be useful for the investigation of other unique areas of South Carolina that may have been missed during the South Carolina Champion Tree survey.

Survey of Hazardous Trees on Marine Corps Depot at Parris Island, SC

Tyler Jones
December 2010

ABSTRACT

Surveying for hazardous trees is the first step in the mitigation of damages caused by tree failure to people, vehicles and infrastructure. This project is the initial survey of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island for the presence of tree risks and recommendations for the mitigation of those risks. This study was conducted during the spring and summer of 2010 focusing on the training and urban areas with attention to the linkages between these areas by road and power infrastructure.  For this survey, tree attributes, damages to the trees, potential targets, recommendations and pictures were recorded and geo-referenced for the management of tree risk.  Three hundred fifty eight hazardous trees were recorded and a database of those trees was created.  This database is designed with management in mind and can be useful any for future tree care on Parris Island.  

Parris Island Depot Invasive Plant Species Control Monitoring

Lauren S. Pile
December 2010

ABSTRACT

Non-native invasive species are very aggressive, able to establish without co-evolved pests or pathogens and can also have a severe impact on native ecosystems also diverting funding for its management and control. Non-native invasive species are difficult to eradicate and must be managed for control. Parris Island Marine Recruit Depot has contracted Invasive Plant Control Inc. for herbicide treatments since 2001 for the control of the non-native invasive species that have been impacting their military training grounds. The principle non-native invasive species that have been prioritized for control are Chinese tallow (Triadicasebifera), Chinese privet (Ligustrumsinense), Chinaberry (Meliaazedarach,) and tamarisk/saltcedar(Tamarixramosissima). This report investigates the effectiveness of past herbicide treatments, provides new priorities for management, and recommends new treatment options for control.