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Six Thinnings in a 56-Year-Old Pure White Pine Plantation at Biltmore

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The pioneer forest planting started by Dr. C. A. Scheuck in the 1890's on the Vanderbilt Estate at Biltmore, near Asheville, N. C., was first reported in detail by Haasis (10) over 20 years ago. A progress report by Frothingham (9) in 1942 dealt with thinnings in both pure and mixed plantations of white pine. The present report on continued thinning in the pure stand (which is one of the oldest white pine plantations in the U.S.) covers the first six cuts. The present test is single and without replication, on an area totaling only one-half acre. It can never show how much may be cut currently without lowering the final harvest, but the advantage from thinning is becoming increasingly clear. Many of the prospective final crop trees reserved during the successive pulpwood harvests are now about to pass, or are already over the threshold of saw-log size. This marks the stage in which substantial benefits from thinnings begin to accrue.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Forest Service. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Asheville, North Carolina

Publication date: 1955-05-01

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