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Productivity of Southern Pine Plantations: Where Are We and How Did We Get Here?

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The productivity and extensiveness of southern forests in general, and pine plantations in particular, has placed the South at the forefront of production forestry in the United States. That industrial loblolly pine plantations are very productive is a result of researchers and managers developing and applying increasingly intensive silvicultural practices. Our estimates of the percentage of productivity gains attributable to improvements made in individual management practices are based on our collective experience, anecdotal information, and discussions with knowledgeable colleagues. Such informed judgments are based on potential productivity revealed by designed experiments coupled with estimates of how well technology has been implemented.

Keywords: economics; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; plantations; silviculture; timber markets

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Project Leader Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 320 Green Street, Athens, GA, 30602, 2: Forestry Consultant Raleigh, North Carolina, 3: Forestry Consultant Savannah, Georgia, 4: Vice-Chancellor Office of Extension and Engagement, North Carolina State University, Raleigh,

Publication date: 2003-04-01

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