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Site Preparation and Tree Planting Costs on Hurricane-Damaged Lands in South Carolina

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Hurricane Hugo damaged 4.5 million ac of South Carolina forestland in 1989; 1.2 million of these acres required reforestation. Much of this acreage required site preparation. This article presents the major types of site preparation utilized after a natural disaster like Hurricane Hugo and contrasts the costs of these operations with those on conventional sites. In general, site preparation operations on hurricane-damaged lands ranged from 6% to 54% more costly than those on conventional sites. Tree planting costs by amount of residue and site preparation practice are presented. Limited data are presented on related chemical control and timber stand improvement costs. Low-cost regeneration alternatives are also discussed. South. J. Appl. For. 19(3):131-138.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station, 1992 Folwell Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108

Publication date: 1995-08-01

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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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