Forest Management

Planted Pines Pay

Range of Returns (per acre) from
Planted Loblolly Pine
on Site Prepared Areas

PULPWOOD ROTATION AT 25 YEARS

PULPWOODCORDS$20/CORD$30/CORD$45/CORD$60/CORD
Low Site Index (65)23$460$690$1,035$1,380
Medium Site Index (80)35$700$1,050$1,575$2,100
High Site Index (95)52$1,040$1,560$2,340$3,120

Site Index base age:50
Medium and high sites will yeild some chip-n-saw.
Pulpwood yield from Field Forester Handbook, USFS

SAWTIMBER ROTATION AT 40 YEARS

Intermediate Thinnings

First Thinning 15-18 yrs.CORDS$20/CORD$30/CORD$40/CORD
Pulpwood7$140$210$280
Second Thinning 25-30 yrs.CORDS$50/CORD$65/CORD$80/CORD
Chip-n-saw10$500$650$800

Harvest Cut

SAWTIMBER1000 Bd. ft.$200/M$250/MD$300/M$400/M
Low Site Index (65)7$1,400$1,750$2,100$2,800
Medium Site Index (80)15$3,000$3,750$4,500$6,000
High Site Index (95)24$4,800$6,000$7,200$9,600

Site Index base age:50
Sawtimber yield from Publication 50, USFS

Definition of Terms

Intermediate Thinning - Selective cuts made during the mid-life of a forest stand to remove the weaker, misformed or diseased trees to improve growth of the final crop trees.

Prescribed Burning - Burning done under suitable weather conditions for the purposes of wildlife hazard reduction, controlling undergrowth, and wildlife habitat improvement.

Site Index - A measure of soil quality as related to tree height of a given species of tree at a specified age (usually 50).

Site Preparation - Practices performed to prepare the land for planting trees when competing scrub trees or other vegetation would prevent successful planting. Some common practices are: shear, root rake, disk, chop, burn, chemicals, or a combination of these.

Chip-N-Saw - Trees 9 to 12 inches in diameter, suitable for making small dimension lumber.

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