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Discussion Paper: Changing Stand Structure and Regional Growth Reductions in Georgia's Natural Pine Stands

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Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data indicate reductions in the growth of naturally regenerated pines in Georgia between the two latest measurement periods (1961-72 vs. 1972-82). Analysis of Covariance was used to adjust stand-level basal area growth rates for differences between periods in stand age, stand density, site index, mortality, and hardwood competition. The adjusted mean growth of pines during the later period declined by 19% for natural loblolly, 28% for natural shortleaf, and 28% for natural slash pine stands. The factor(s) causing the reductions remain unidentified, but differences in stand structure are not likely responsible. For. Sci. 37(2):703-717.

Keywords: Forest inventory; basal area growth; forest growth decline

Document Type: Discussion

Publication date: June 1, 1991

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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