The Decline of Southern Yellow Pine Timberland

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The South has lost 16 million acres of southern yellow pine timberland since 1953. Factors contributing to the decline include suppression of wildfires, reduced prescribed burning, southern pine beetles, urban development, high-grading, and a lack of artificial regeneration on privately owned timberlands. Tree-planting programs on agricultural lands have helped slow the decline, and according to the Southern Forest Resource Assessment, an increase in southern yellow pine timberland could occur if 23 million acres of former cropland and pastureland were planted to pines during the next four decades. Such an effort would likely require subsidies.

Keywords: afforestation; environmental management; fire; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural regeneration; natural resource management; natural resources; plantations

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, AL, 36849, 2: Professor Emeritus Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville,

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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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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