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Deployment of Genetically Improved Loblolly and Slash Pines in the South

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Foresters in the southern United States are responsible for more than 75 percent of the nation's tree planting, and more than 95 percent of the seedlings are genetically improved loblolly and slash pines. Planting the best open-pollinated families on the best sites can dramatically increase productivity. However, such practices reduce genetic diversity in a plantation. Although a survey of state and industrial plantation managers reveals no problems thus far, as more homogeneous plantations are established on more acres, both gains and potential risks must be quantified so that landowners can make informed decisions about deployment options.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; genetics; industry; natural resource management; natural resources; plantation forestry; silviculture

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Box 8002 Raleigh, NC, 27695-8002, 2: Professor Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Box 8002 Raleigh, NC, 27695-8002, 3: Geneticist Forest Science Lab, Texas Forest Service, College Station, 4: Professor School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville,

Publication date: April 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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