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Long-Term Effects of Early Pruning and Thinning Treatments on Growth of Natural Longleaf Pine

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Pruning and thinning a young natural stand of longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) in southwest Louisiana had little influence on height. However, diameter growth was reduced substantially as pruning intensity or stocking rate increased up to 25-percent live crown and 200 stems per acre, respectively. Improved diameter growth at lower stocking rates was not sufficient to equal the total basal area increment of 200 trees per acre.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Former Associate Professor (now retired), West Louisiana Experiment Station, Rosepine, Louisiana

Publication date: 1980-05-01

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