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Increasing numbers of landowners are establishing hardwood plantations to satisfy their management objectives. Despite a dearth of research on competition control and its effects on initial hardwood plantation survival and investment returns, this study examines alternative competition control regimes for southern oak establishment. The analysis includes estimates of land expectation value for comparing alternatives. Our results suggest that greater returns can be achieved for southern oaks during both good and bad rainfall years, using methods that maximize survival through competition control.


Grebner, D.L., A.W. Ezell, D.A. Gaddis, and S.H. Bullard. 2004. How are investment returns affected by competition control and southern oak seedling survival? In: Proc. 12th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference,Biloxi,MS, pp. 547-550.



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