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Double vs. Single-Row Pine Plantations for Wood and Forage Production

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To find planting patterns for growing high volumes of wood while maintaining forage for cattle and wildlife habitat, slash pine (Pinus elliottii Engelm) was planted in various configurations to increase the open space between rows while holding tree density constant. Thirteen years after planting, there were few significant differences in survival, height, and diameter; basal area and total wood volume were as good or greater in the 4 x 8 foot double-row configuration spaced 40 feet apart. Double-row configurations produced more forage than single-row. This configuration offers a high timber volume and forage mass alternative to the currently favored 8 x 12 foot spacing used for dual resource management.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Range research biologist, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611

Publication date: 1985-02-01

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