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Notes: Performance to Age Ten of a Loblolly Pine Plantation on an Intensively Prepared Site in the Georgia Piedmont

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A blocked, replicated site-preparation study in the Georgia Piedmont showed both disking and bedding to significantly improve survival of planted loblolly pine for the first 2 years. By the tenth year planted pines could not be separated from volunteers, and total pine density was higher for the two less intensive site-preparation treatments (i.e., none and roller chop only); most trees being volunteers. Disking alone resulted in significantly greater heights of dominants and codominants at age 10, but the other three treatments were not different from each other. A site index (base age 25) gain of 0.6 m (2 ft) for this plantation would result if the growth advantage due to disking is maintained. Both bedding and disking decreased hardwood competition. Forest Sci. 29:96-102.
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Keywords: Pinus taeda; growth; hardwood competition; regeneration; skidding; stand density

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Timber Management and Biometrics, School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602

Publication date: 1983-03-01

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