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A Study of Effects of Site Preparation and Spacing on Planted Slash Pine in the Coastal Plain of Southeast Georgia

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This is a report on the results obtained from measurements of initial height growth and survival of slash pine (Pinus elliottii Engelm.) on various combinations of site, site preparation, and spacing. A split-plot randomized block design of experiment was used. After four growing seasons, a complete measurement of all plots was made. From this measurement, statistical analyses were made of the two variables: (1) average height of the "good" trees, and (2) percentage survival of all trees. From the analyses certain effects are shown to be of significance; the following summary and conclusions can be made: (1) the effects of site preparation increase initial tree height growth and survival; (2) scalping, under the conditions tested, is of questionable value; (3) the effects of site exhibit no trend in either height growth or survival from low to high sites; (4) there is no significant difference between plowed strips and solid harrowing; (5) site preparation has resulted in approximately 36 percent better height growth at the end of four growing seasons.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Staff of the Brunswick Pulp & Paper Co., Brunswick, Ga.

Publication date: 1964-08-01

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