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Relative Influence of Sassafras, Black Locust, and Pines Upon Old-Field Soils

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Abstract:

Restoration of forests on 75 to 80 percent of the area of abandoned fields in the central hardwood region usually cannot he done directly with desirable hardwoods because of soil deterioration from cultivation and erosion. A preliminary crop is necessary that can endure site dryness, lay down a litter cover, and thereby make possible the restoration of surface soil structure and water-absorbing capacity. Sassafras, black locust, and pines, three species commonly performing pioneer functions, have been studied as soil conditioners. The functions performed by each in soil rehabilitation and their respective roles in reforestation are discussed.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Silviculturist, Central States Forest Experiment Station, Columbus, Ohio

Publication date: June 1, 1945

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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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