The Evolution of Intensive Silvicultural Practices
H. Lee Allen, C.A. Schenck Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Forestry and Director Emeritus of the Forest Productivity Cooperative, North Carolina State University and owner of ProFOR Consulting
Plenary 3: Celebrating a Century of Success
2013 SAF National Convention, Charleston, SC
The late 20th century saw the two greatest innovations in silvicultural practices in history—the development of genetically improved planting stock and the development of herbicides and fertilizers as tools for site preparation and intermediate treatment in planted stands. With these tools, foresters on public and private lands established millions of acres of fast-growing plantations to meet society’s needs for wood and fiber. In the future, the scope of these practices will expand to include ecosystem restoration; the only hope of bringing back species such as longleaf pine and American chestnut will be through planting programs of far more substantial scale and scope than has been practiced to date. Allen will recount how 50 years of research in forest biology and production, coupled with strategic investments of large landowners, have made the US a world leader in the silviculture of production forests.
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