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Hand-Lifting Improves Field Performance of Loblolly Pine Seedlings

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Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) seedlings were lifted from two Georgia nurseries and planted on six sites in Georgia and Alabama during the winter of 1997/1998. Survival, height, and groundline diameters were measured after two growing seasons. Hand-lifted seedlings from both nurseries were taller than machine-lifted seedlings across all sites by 7–14 cm, resulting in stem volume index increases of 19–30% over 2 yr. Survival of hand-lifted seedlings was higher (P < 0.05) for the nursery using a two-row belt lifter. Seedlings from outer drills at this nursery were 10 cm taller and produced 21% more stem volume after 2 yr than seedlings from inner drills. South. J. Appl. For. 25(3):131–135.
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Keywords: Pinus taeda; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest nurseries; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; lifting; natural resource management; natural resources; nursery management; regeneration; seedling growth; seedling size; seedling survival

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: International Paper Co., Hwy. 169, S. Bellville, GA, 30414

Publication date: 2001-08-01

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