Thinning Shortleaf Pine

Thinning Shortleaf Pine

John Blanton, USFS Silviculturist (retired)

Environmental Management, Forest Health, Forest Management, and Regeneration

1503_SLPFactSheet-Thinning.pdf — PDF document, 1233Kb

This guide describes the use of tree thinning in even-aged shortleaf pine stands. A stand is considered even-aged if the difference in age between the oldest and youngest trees does not exceed 20% of the time between establishment and planned regeneration harvest. So if the stand is to be grown until it reaches age 100, then it is even-aged if the ages of the trees being managed are within 20 years of one another.

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