Expanding Options for Reforestation of the Cumberland Plateau
Abstract:If reforestation options in the Cumberland Plateau region are to be expanded, existing low-quality stands must be utilized. Shearing and on-site chipping of trees over 4 inches d.b.h. reduce site-preparation costs, leave the site relatively clean, and provide valuable raw material. Early results from a 37-acre study area show that a shearing-chipping operation can be followed by planting or natural regeneration. Additional site preparation or release may be necessary. Two years after harvest, planted loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) and yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera L.) are growing well. Planted white pine (Pinus strobus L.) has made a slower start but with later release should grow well. Natural regeneration is also developing rapidly and offers an inexpensive way to improve a low-quality stand.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Principal Silviculturist, Sewanee Silviculture Laboratory, maintained at Sewanee, Tennessee, by the Southern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, in cooperation with the University of the South
Publication date: 1980-11-01
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