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Economic Comparison of Natural and Planted Regeneration of Loblolly Pine

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The need for low cost, ecologically sound, pine regeneration alternatives for adoption on Non-Industrial Private Forest (NIPF) lands is urgent. Seed tree and shelterwood methods of loblolly pine regeneration were examined by profitability analysis. Each were shown to be good investments. Also, a profitability comparison was made between natural regeneration and planted stands. Natural loblolly regeneration is financially competitive with clearcut and plant silviculture. The internal rate of return (IRR) was 10.8% for natural regeneration and 10.1% for site preparation and planting, after taxes and adjustment for inflation. South. J. Appl. For. 15(3):125-127.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Dry Branch, GA

Publication date: 1991-08-01

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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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