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Until recently forest management was aimed primarily at maintaining the integrity of existing pine stands and converting low-value hardwood stands to higher-yielding stands of pine. What is the rationale behind the change in emphasis from intensive pine silviculture to even more capital-intensive silviculture of hardwood plantations? We attempt to answer this question and to give some of the reasons for deciding in favor of hardwood plantations. Among the most significant of these is an economic evaluation which shows the plantation management system capable of producing more than 50 percent more volume at one-third the cost of natural regeneration.
Document Type: Journal Article
Project leader, Hardwood Silviculture, Woodlands Research, Union Camp Corporation, Franklin, Virginia
Publication date: February 1, 1979
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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.