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Loblolly Pine Management and Utilization--State of the Art

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The management and utilization of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) were the topics of the Symposium on the Loblolly Pine Ecosystem (East Region) held in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 8-10, 1982. The East Region is comprised of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. A second symposium is scheduled for spring 1984 to cover the remaining natural range of loblolly pine. Plantations constitute about 27 percent of the loblolly pine resource of the East Region, with about two-thirds of the area belonging to forest industry. Natural stands can be established for about one-third the cost of plantations, where plans are made for natural regeneration. Optimum value is realized from plantations where site preparation is complete and where pests, competing vegetation, and stocking are controlled. Genetically improved planting stock, fertilization, and thinning are integral parts of plantation forestry. Maintaining site productivity is one of the greatest challenges facing the forest industry.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Program manager, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Charleston, South Carolina

Publication date: 1984-05-01

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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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