Carbon Credits for Landowners

In addition to traditional forest products, forest landowners may now potentially realize income from the sale of carbon credits. Many landowners have recently received solicitations from carbon brokers to sell their “carbon credits”. But what does it mean? Is it a good deal? And does it truly provide an opportunity to generate additional income?

City Tree Inventory: The Experience of a Small Town

A tree inventory is the systematic gathering of information about the urban forest and organizing it into usable information for tree management. Information about the species of tree, its health, size, and location are recorded for each tree. Maps can be made of the location and health of each tree allowing a good baseline for sound management plans. A tree inventory is part of a sound management plan.

Forest Management Strategies to Minimize the Impact of Gypsy Moth

Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar L.) is an exotic insect that was introduced into the United States (Boston, MA) in 1869 from Europe as part of a silk-making experiment. Some larvae escaped and the moth spread throughout New England. Today the moth has migrated west and south to the Midwest (Ohio), the Lake states (Michigan and Wisconsin), the Mid-Atlantic states and through the southern Appalachians in Virginia and North Carolina.

Hardwood Plantations as an Investment

Deciding what to do with a piece of land is not always easy. One choice that should be considered is the planting of tree crops intended for the timber market.

Managing Oak Decline

Oak decline is a slow-acting disease complex that involves the interaction of predisposing factors such as climate, site quality and advancing tree age.

Measuring Survival and Planting Quality in New Pine Plantations

Thousands of acres of new pine plantations are established across the southern United States each year. Unfortunately, some of these plantations are considered failures for timber production once survival drops below 300 trees per acre. A question often asked is, “How do I determine the number of good seedlings per acre?” The goal of this publication is to provide landowners with an easy-to-use sampling technique to evaluate a new pine plantation.

New Pine Planting Strategies for the Western Gulf States

The structure of forest industry has experienced major changes over the last few years, not only across the South, but globally as well. Mills are closing, companies are merging, and large forest products corporations are divesting their lands. The demand for small-diameter trees in the South has diminished largely due to the amount of wood fiber and wood products now available from other countries around the world. As a result, countries that have traditionally depended upon the southern US for fiber (e.g., Japan) are now being supplied by other global markets. Competition is global and fierce, and in order to stay competitive, healthy, and profitable, foresters and forest landowners must use efficient stand establishment strategies. This paper outlines several such new strategies beyond the normal course of plantation establishment (e.g., proper site preparation, seedling care, and competition control). Much of what is covered in this paper will challenge traditional stand establishment philosophies as we explore stock type, initial stand density, planting season, fertilization, and insect control.

Oak Shelterwood: A Technique to Improve Oak Regeneration

The oak shelterwood method has been developed to enhance the regeneration potential of oaks growing on intermediate and high-quality sites. The method involves a well-timed mid-story removal to improve the number and vigor of oak advance regeneration and a subsequent overstory removal to facilitate regeneration of the stand.

Pesticide Development: A Brief Look at the History

Although the history of pest control likely began with the first human who swatted a mosquito or picked off a tick, it was not until the emergence of organized agriculture, when pests attacked the plants we grew for food and threatened our very own survival, did the battle for the control of our planet begin. Today, we have far more uses for pesticides: They are essential to the efficient use of our natural resources. The goal of this publication is to list key events in the history of pesticide development. It should serve as a framework to support other pesticide publications specific to forestry.

Soil pH and Tree Species Suitability in the South

Soil properties largely determine the tree species that will grow on a site. Among the many soil properties, soil pH is one of the most important. Soil pH provides a good indication of the chemical status of the soil and can be used in part to determine potential plant growth. This publication will help landowners and foresters gain a better understanding of soil pH and species site relationships across the south.

Technical Guide to Crop Tree Release in Hardwood Forests

Crop tree release is a widely applicable silvicultural technique used to enhance the performance of individual trees. It offers flexibility in that it can be applied on small or large properties, and with certain modifications, it can be applied as a precommercial or commercial operation.

Treatments for Improving Degraded Hardwood Stands

Popular sentiment is that the small trees in the lower canopy when released will become the large trees of tomorrow. The largest and best trees are repeatedly harvested leaving the smaller, inferior trees to perpetuate the next stand. In reality, the trees being released are probably of similar age as those being cut. These released trees are incapable of continued growth with their small, spindly crowns. The consequence of removing only highly valued trees with each harvest is a hardwood resource with ever lower levels of economically valuable trees.

Use Preservative-treated Wood & Integrated Pest Management When Rebuilding

Large areas of land along the Gulf of Mexico have been flooded and destroyed by recent hurricanes. Many homes and other buildings are no longer habitable or will be demolished. Some of these structures will be rebuilt. With this rebuilding comes an opportunity to reduce the impact of a wide array of insects, wood decay and rot.

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