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Managing for High-Value Poles in the Loblolly-Shortleaf Belt

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Results of this study provide the practicing forester with guidelines on pole management. Beginning at age 20, second-growth loblolly (Pinus taeda L.) and shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata Mill.) stands were managed under various thinning regimes for 25 years to determine how pole yield is affected by stand density and method of thinning. Thinning initially from above produced more poles while thinning initially from below resulted in longer poles and higher pole values. Profitable numbers of poles were grown under a range of residual stand densities from 55 to 130 square feet per acre. Sweep, the defect most commonly limiting pole length and merchantability, tended to diminish as trees grew older.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Soil Scientist, Southern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Pineville, Louisiana

Publication date: 1977-02-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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