Forest Productivity.net strives to provide the latest information regarding the issues and factors that relate to the productivity of our nation's forests. From seedling to mature tree, we look at each of the issues that may effect the productivity of a forest.

Forest productivity.com

Welcome to Forest Productivity.com! We aim to provide visitors and forestland managers with the most current, unbiased, science-based, forest productivity information available in support of best management decisions on forestlands. A key objective of the website is that natural resource managers will be enabled and equipped to make better, cost-effective forest management decisions to optimize forest productivity. This website is not intended to take the place of a professional forester. For specific recommendations on a particular tract, contact a state agency service forester, consulting forester, Extension forester or forest industry landowner assistance forester.

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Site Factors

Features of the forest site include those relating to the soil, topography, hydrology and overall productivity potential of the property in question. Understanding these features and how they affect the growth and survival of your forest is a critical first step.
Site Preperation

Site preparation is carried out to create a favorable environment for the successful establishment and growth of seeds and seedlings. Practices may include chemical, mechanical and/or natural (burning) vegetation control, and site enhancements such as bedding, disking, windrowing, and a whole host of related activities
Genetics

Forest genetics is the study of hereditary variation in trees. Tree improvement is the application of forest genetics to field practice. Tree improvement work is accomplished by testing tree family selections and determining which will grow best when planted on certain sites or in specific geographic locations. Tree improvement focuses on a few key traits: volume yield, resistance to diseases (i.e. fusiform rust), branch angle, and form.

Planting

Forests may reproduce more successfully when special efforts are made to encourage regeneration. Either artificial regeneration that involves planting seeds or seedlings, or natural regeneration that relies on existing seedlings or seed may be used. For specific recommendations on a particular tract, contact a forest service forester, consulting forester, or industrial landowner assistance forester.

Fertilization

Fertilizers are applied to over a million acres of forestland annually. Some trees, particularly slash and loblolly pines, can respond dramatically to proper fertilization. Response is best when other intensive management practices are being applied and on nutrient deficient sites. Knowledge of your soil type and soil conditions, combined with a soil test to determine the site’s soil fertility status, will help identify sites and stands that will respond to specific fertilizers.

Herbicides

Forest herbicide application provides gains in seedling survival and growth rates by allocating water, nutrients and sunlight to the crop trees. Herbicide use also reduces fire hazard and improves access to timber stands. It can also be used to manipulate and improve wildlife habitat and to control invasive plants.

Economics

WHAT'S NEW

  • Nine part series by Dr. David Dickes of the Warnell School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia on the economics of growing Slash and Loblolly Pine.
  • Competition Control in Slash Pine Plantations - J.L. Yeiser, Professor, Arthur Temple College of Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 75962; and A.W. Ezell, Professor, Department of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762-9681.