Crop Tree Management in North Carolina

Landowners today are interested in forest management that promotes environmental stewardship and produces multiple benefits. Crop tree management can do just that. This system is designed for use in timber stands of adequate quality, but which are either not ready for final harvest and regeneration or belong to landowners who place high value on continuing stand management.

Crop Tree Release in Precommercial Hardwood Stands

The length of time necessary to grow quality hardwood trees is perhaps the greatest deterrent preventing private landowners from practicing hardwood management. Valuable trees such as white and red oaks, cherry, ash, yellow poplar and black walnut require decades to reach financial maturity. This publication describes how to accelerate growth rates in your young hardwood forest, which is vital to keeping your interest alive during the critical and dynamic time between seedling establishment and final harvest.

Management of Lowcountry Bottomland Hardwoods Using the Crop Tree Management System

Many landowners today are interested in managing their forests to accomplish a number of goals other than just for timber production. These goals may include fish and wildlife habitat improvement, aesthetic enhancement, and water quality maintenance. To meet these multiple demands, the Crop Tree Management System was developed focusing on selecting and releasing trees that will yield multiple landowner benefits, but can also be used to accomplish a single objective.

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.

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