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Expanding Options for Reforestation of the Cumberland Plateau

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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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  • 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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