The Growth of Conifers on Prairie Soil

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In an effort to provide timber products, forest plantations were widely established on the prairie soils of Illinois during the second half of the 19th century. These included a few conifer plantations which were not very successful. The authors show that, over a period of 70 years, the growth of four planted species has not lived up to expectations based on their early development; and that standard site indexes may not give a reliable basis for predicting tree growth in such plantations.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Chief, Department of Forestry, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill. Senior members, S. A. F.

Publication date: April 1, 1947

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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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