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Site Preparation for Natural Regeneration of Slash Pine

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The effects of site preparation and overstory density on establishment of slash pine (Pinus elliottii Engelm.) seedlings in north Florida are evaluated. Scarification proved beneficial to seedling establishment while even a thin layer of litter proved detrimental. For natural regeneration, site preparation should be accomplished shortly before seedfall to minimize the litter cover and probably should result in a range in microrelief. Overstories up to 50 square feet of basal area per acre had no influence on seedling establishment or growth in the first 9 months.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Athens, Georgia

Publication date: 1981-02-01

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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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