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An Overcrowded Loblolly Pine Stand Thinned With Fire

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A low-intensity fire in a dense young stand of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) in the Piedmont of central Georgia reduced the number of stems by 65 percent. No tree larger than four inches in diameter at the groundline was killed. Thus, low-intensity fires may be beneficial in precommercially thinning young loblolly pine, but the technique should be considered only for stands with a wide range of diameters.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Forest Fuels Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Southern Forest Fire Laboratory, Macon, Georgia

Publication date: February 1, 1977

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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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