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Early Basal Pruning to Control Forest Pests

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Time required to basal prune young planted red pine to control the pine root collar weevil, European pine shoot moth, and perhaps Scleroderris canker, was determined by using clippers and Meylan saws after other tools were tested and rejected. Time to remove branches and duff was also determined. The time to treat the tree was found to be related to both tree size and intensity of treatment. Clippers were faster than Meylan saws but had several disadvantages, except with very small trees where clippers were best. Early basal pruning is a feasible alternative to chemical control of these pests and also has additional beneficial aspects as an early pine plantation management practice.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forestry, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

Publication date: October 1, 1970

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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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