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Increased Growth of Loblolly Pine as a Result of Cutting and Girdling Large Hardwoods

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A large amount of stand-improvement work has been done by C.C.C. crews during the past five or six years. In the South this work was based largely on results obtained in other regions, but substantiating data are now becoming available. A study of a loblolly pine stand in Louisiana, in which large hardwoods were cut or girdled, revealed that the basal area increased 75.4 percent on the improved plots and only 21.6 percent on the check plots, and that the pulpwood volume increased 82 percent on the improved plots and only 33 percent on the check plots. The author believes that the girdling cost has paid for itself in 5 years, and that the difference between cost and return will increase greatly as time goes on.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Southern Forest Experiment Station

Publication date: August 1, 1939

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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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