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Natural Regeneration of Loblolly Pine: A Sound Strategy for Many Forest Landowners

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The ecological and silvical characteristics of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) make it suitable for several evenaged methods of natural regeneration. The seed tree method can succeed if seed trees are released before the harvest cut to help provide sufficient seeds the first year after the harvest cut. The shelterwood method is recommended for the piedmont and other areas where seed production is erratic, for very wet sites on lower coastal plains where rising water table levels may impede seedling establishment, and for droughty sites where high overstory shelter may increase seedling survival. The seeds or seedlings-in-place variations of the clearcutting method are recommended where seed production is more than 30 thousand per acre and seedbeds have been prepared by prescribed burning or other methods and hardwood competition has been controlled.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Silviculturist, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Charleston, South Carolina

Publication date: 1981-11-01

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