Date of Award

Spring 5-1968

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Forestry (MF)




Greenhouse studies showed that loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) seedling survival under severe drought and height growth under favorable and unfavorable moisture conditions were related to moisture retention values of eight East Texas soil types. Soil moisture retention constants nearer to field capacity tensions may give better indications of survival and development in droughty areas than moisture constants nearer to wilting point tensions. Likewise, water consumption (evapotranspiration) during favorable moisture conditions and during moisture stress was related to soil moisture retention characteristics. Costly reforestation failures can be avoided by examining the soil moisture retention characteristics of prospective planting sites to determine mortality risks and required site preparation in this or other areas that are characterized by recurrent growing-season droughts.



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