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History of a Red Pine Seed Production Area

With increased interest in planting red pine ( Pinus resinosa , Ait.) on Scott Paper Company land, it was felt that a local source of seed should be developed. About 500 acres of red pine occur naturally on company land near Eustis, Me. An area was selected for treatment that was 65 years old, with with a site index of 55 feet at 50 years. In the fall of 1977, an initial cutting was done on ten acres to reduce the stand from 195 ft. 2 basal area, 390 trees and 6,192 cubic feet per acre to ill ft. 2 basal area, 158 trees and 2,951 cubic feet per acre. The thinning was done from below in order to leave the best formed trees with the largest crowns. A second thinning took place in the fall of 1979, and included the area in the first thinning, and a 22-acre buffer strip. The buffer strip was thinned again in the fall of 1981, and 195 bushels of cones were collected from the tops of felled trees and by climbing. Eighteen acres of a 35-year old stand nearby were also thinned to about 300 trees per acre.

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Author(s): David I. Maass

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Northeastern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 1982

Section: Poster Session