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This publication describes thinning, the process of cutting or removal of certain trees from a stand to regulate the number, quality and distribution of the remaining crop trees. The reasons to thin, how and when to thin are covered.
This publication introduces readers to the seven steps involved in implementing crop tree management. The publication is tailored to Southeast species, objectives, and forest conditions and explains how the approach might be applied to trees for wildlife, water quality, timber and aesthetics.
While the sale of straw represents a financial opportunity for some private timberland owners, it can be a potential problem because of the repeated removal of nutrients from raked sites. Nutrient losses from a single removal of pinestraw are small and not likely to affect stand productivity. Research indicates, however, that frequent raking can result in significant nutrient losses. This publication covers commercial fertilizer applications that can replenish nutrients as well as increase pinestraw production.