Date of Award

Fall 12-1981

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Forestry (MF)




Effects of site preparation on survival and growth of planted loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) on a loblolly-shortleaf pine-hardwood forest site in East Texas are examined by determining the survival and growth of planted loblolly pine, soil chemical characteristics, and density and height of competing (non-pine) woody stems. Three replications of four site preparation treatments (control, burn, chop, KG blade) resulted in the KG bladed plots having the highest survival, height, and diameter, but the lowest nutrient levels while, also, most effectively controlling competing vegetation. This tends to indicate that the advantages in the initial survival and growth on the KG bladed plots would continue through the stands rotation and result in greater biomass production, but, for maintaining or improving the nutrient regime of the soil burning would appear better than mechanical site treatments.



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