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Relation of Growth Characteristics of Southern Pine to its Use in Pulping

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The Forest Products Laboratory has been a pioneer in the study of the pulping possibilities of southern pines. For over twenty-five years this important agency has studied the problem, and present developments in the South are a direct outgrowth of its work. In addition to demonstrating the fact that the standard pulping processes are applicable to southern pines, the work of the Forest Products Laboratory has established many relationships between the growth characteristics of a given species and the properties and value of the pulp produced. The best grades of pulp are produced from trees that have not grown too rapidly, that have a definite proportion of spring-wood to summerwood, and that have few knots. In other words, forest management practices have a profound influence on the value of the southern pines for pulping purposes. If the southern paper industry wishes to have an adequate supply of quality pulpwood it must be ready and willing to pay a premium for such wood. Even now it would appear to be a sound business practice to do so.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: U. S. Forest Products Laboratory

Publication date: June 1, 1938

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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