What Are the Best Loblolly Pine Genotypes Worth to Landowners?

Authors: McKeand, Steven E.; Abt, Robert C.; Allen, H. Lee; Li, Bailian; Catts, Glenn P.

Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 104, Number 7, October/November 2006 , pp. 352-358(7)

Publisher: Society of American Foresters

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Forest landowners in the South can realize large financial benefits from planting the best loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) genotypes. Most of the productivity increases from genetics can be considered as increases in site index. We estimate that landowners can realize net present values of $50 to over $300/ac across a range of productivity and silvicultural management regimes simply by planting the best genotypes that are currently available from commercial and state forest nurseries. Landowners could pay more for the best genotypes, and the best seedlings would be well worth the additional costs.

Keywords: Pinus taeda L; genetic gain; growth and yield; tree improvement

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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