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Forest Nursery Practices in the United States

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In 1974, non-commercial forest nurseries shipped one billion plants, an increase of 6 percent over 1964. Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) and slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. elliottii) production exceeded that of all other species combined. Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) was the leading hardwood. Cultural changes at nurseries during the decade 1965-74 include: increased mechanization in harvesting seedlings, greater dependence on chemical weed control, and more use of soil sterilants and hydromulches. Production of genetically improved planting stock, especially of loblolly and slash pines, increased significantly. A few nurseries were propagating container-grown seedlings in 1974.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Assistant, Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Publication date: March 1, 1977

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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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