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Spacing and Layout for Coniferous Plantations in the Northeast

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In the Northeast, the traditional and still widely recommended planting pattern of 6X6 foot squares arranged in straight lines has proved expensive. It involves both high establishment costs and high subsequent cultural expense. Trees are planted that serve no better purpose than as space fillers and as insurance against catastrophic losses. Only rarely are conscious provisions made for easy, safe, and efficient extraction of forest products. Plantations made at a spacing of 6X10 feet, in equidistant rows laid out with due regard for subsequent skidding requirements, not only provide adequate growing space and ample working room and save 40 percent in the cost of establishment, but also eliminate the need for at least one noncommercial thinning--an operation hard to perform and even harder to persuade the forest landowner to perform.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Owns and Operates Cooxrox Forest, Albany, N.Y.

Publication date: 1963-04-01

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