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Water Tupelo in the Atchafalaya Basin Does Not Benefit from ThinningAuthor(s): Harvey E. Kennedy
Source: Res. Note SO-298. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 3 p.
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Southern Forest Experiment Station
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DescriptionWater tupelo occurs on about 4 million acres in the South and Southeast. Its wood is exceptionally clear and defect-free and is used primarily for veneer and box lumber. Most stands are dense, stagnated, and appear to need thinning or some other type stand improvement work. But in a typical stand in the Atchafalaya Basin residual trees showed no significant growth response to thinning. Reasons could be age of stand, small live crown ratio, and yearly defoliation by the forest tent caterpillar. Greatest benefit from thinning is probably salvage of trees that would otherwise be lost through mortality.
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CitationKennedy, Harvey E., Jr. 1983. Water Tupelo in the Atchafalaya Basin Does Not Benefit from Thinning. Res. Note SO-298. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 3 p.
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