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Thinning Eastern White Pine in the Southern Appalachians

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Abstract:

Standing volumes and 80-year growth trends and yields are given for three eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.) study plots in the Old Orchard Plantation at Biltmore, North Carolina. The site 71 plot was thinned seven times and its yield compared with two unthinned plots, one each on site 75 and site 56. Site strongly influenced stand densities, average stand diameters, and stand volumes. Results showed that on site 71 at age 75 a heavy thinning from 184 to 126 ft²/A of basal area appreciably increased diameter and volume growth of eastern white pine. Between age 72 and 80, ingrowth on site 56 substantially contributed to board-foot yield.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Silviculturist, USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Asheville, North Carolina

Publication date: 1981-05-01

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