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Planting Loblolly Pine and Sycamore vs. Natural Regeneration on a Bottomland Site

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Comparing the yields of a 30-year-old, naturally regenerated hard-wood stand and two 16-year-old artificially regenerated stands of sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) clearly demonstrates the superior yield (37 cords/ac) of the loblolly pine stand. The naturally regenerated hardwood stand yielded 30 cords/ac, while the sycamore plantation failed. An economic analysis shows that artificial regeneration of sycamore was not a viable investment due to site-selectivity and high establishment costs. Natural regeneration of hardwoods yields significantly lower returns than planting loblolly pine but could be considered a viable alternative on sites requiring intensive site preparation prior to planting pine. South. J. Appl. For. 13(1):22-25.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Leaf River Forest Products, Inc., P.O. Box 329, New Augusta, MS 39462

Publication date: 1989-02-01

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