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Economic and Silvicultural Aspects of Row and Basal Area Thinning Planted Red Pine

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Row thinnings in planted red pine, removing every other row, every third row, and every fourth row, were compared to residual basal area thinnings leaving 70, 90, 110, and 130 square feet per acre, as to time required per cord of pulpwood removed and residual stand quality. Row thinning required significantly less time per cord of wood removed, with the largest difference in required time occurring in the felling operation. The most severe row thinning (removing every other row) retained 178 excellent potential crop trees per acre, while in the other row and basal area treatments, the number of excellent trees increased proportionately as the residual stand increased. Row thinning deserves consideration for use in initial thinning in suitable planted red pine stands.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, Department of Forestry, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing

Publication date: October 1, 1964

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