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The Application of Soil Survey to Planting Site Selection: An Example from the Allegheny Uplands of New York

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More than a decade has passed since it was realized that red pine, an excellent reforestation species for many sites in New York, is clearly unsuited to the imperfectly and poorly drained soils covering extensive portions of the Allegheny Uplands. However, this knowledge has yet to be effectively implemented in planting site selection. This paper discusses this relatively simple example of the application of soil survey to forest planting site selection, red pine in the Allegheny Uplands of New York, with particular emphasis on relating the soil units of soil surveyors to forest planting site units. Red pine responses to soil differences in this region are impressive, particularly when the economic implications of these differences are viewed. The most promising advances in site selection might be gained by better interpretation and use of published county surveys of the National Cooperative Soil wherever available. The training of foresters and planting crew supervisors to recognize critical soil differences in their area is suggested both to improve control where adequate surveys are lacking and to supplement existing survey maps.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Pack Professor of Forest Soils, Department of Agronomy, Cornell University

Publication date: July 1, 1964

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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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