The needs for pine timber in the United States are expected to double in the next 40 years. The South is expected to supply over half of the nation's pine timber at that time. To meet these needs, the pine forests of the future must be established in the 1980's. If this is to be accomplished, two factors loom important. Frst, over 70 percent of the total southern timberlands are owned by private, non-industrial owners; and second, only one of every nine harvested acres is currently being regenerated by this non-industrial ownership. Consequently, if future needs for pine timber are to be satisfied, regeneration and management of their forests for pine production must be prime objectives of private, non-industrial owners of southern forestlands.

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