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Thirty Years of Management on a Small Longleaf Pine Forest

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A management demonstration in an understocked 40-acre tract of second-growth longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) forest in south Alabama was begun in 1948. The management goal for this "farm forty" is to produce high-quality poles and logs on a 60-year rotation. Initial sawlog volume averaged 3,559 board feet per acre. Although periodic harvests removed 3,833 board feet per acre, standing volume after 30 years of management had increased to 5,408 board feet per acre. Over half the Forty has been harvested and naturally regenerated to longleaf, with the shelterwood system, and now supports stands ranging in size from grass-stage seedlings to small poles. Management costs have been minor. Continued management will lead to optimum stocking and a balanced distribution of age classes.

Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: 1981-05-01

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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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