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Results of a Test of Classical Thinning Methods in a Slash Pine Plantation

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Results of a thinning experiment which compared four European thinning methods and unthinned control, initiated in a 13-year-old slash pine plantation in Louisiana, were studied over a 27-year period. The greatest net growth was made by the lightly thinned plots. Average stand diameter was increased by thinning, but thinning had no appreciable effect on the height of the dominant stand. Thinning resulted in trees with slightly less taper and fewer knots on the butt log but did not affect the specific gravity of the outermost ten growth rings or the proportion of pole-and-piling trees. Thinning was financially advantageous.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Director, School of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Louisiana Agric. Expt. Sta., Baton Rouge

Publication date: May 1, 1968

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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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