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Stand Density Management Diagram for Loblolly Pine Plantations in North Louisiana

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A stand density management diagram for use with loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) plantations in north Louisiana has been developed. Three critical stand density boundaries important to management were defined: (1) the point of crown closure, (2) the point of self-thinning, and (3) the maximum tree size-stand density relationship. These three boundaries were estimated to occur at stand density index values of 160, 220, and 400, respectively. Three examples illustrating the use of these boundaries in thinning strategies are presented. South. J. Appl. For. 18(1):40-45.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forestry, P.O. Box 10138 T.S., Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272

Publication date: 1994-02-01

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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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