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Harvesting Southern Pine With Taproots Can Extend Pulpwood Resource Significantly

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If lateral roots are first severed, southern pines can be pulled from the soil like carrots, thereby adding 20 percent to the merchantable weight of each stem harvested. Morphology and chemical constituents of the taproots indicate their suitability for kraft pulping. Prototype harvesting equipment is being designed.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Chief Wood Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, Pineville, La.

Publication date: May 1, 1974

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