Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): John J. Stransky; John H. Roese; K.G. Watterson
    Date: 1985
    Source: Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 9(1): 40-44
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
    PDF: View PDF  (375 KB)


    A pine-hardwood sawtimber stand in southeast Texas was clearcut in September 1972. Random plots were burned, chopped, KG-bladed, or left untreated. In the spring of 1974, 1-0 loblolly pine seedlings (Pinus taeda L.) were handplanted at 8 by 10 foot spacing. Data from soil samples, taken from the 0-5 inch depth before clearcutting and 1, 3, and 5 years after site preparation showed that burning appeared to have changed soil nutrient levels the least. Of the two mechanical treatments, KG-blading altered the chemical composition of the soil most, probably because topsoil organic matter was removed. Planted pines survived and grew best on mechanically prepared areas, producing 1.5, to 3.3 times more cubic-foot volume per acre than either of the other treatments by the end of the eighth year.

    Publication Notes

    • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication.
    • (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
    • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.


    Stransky, John J.; Roese, John H.; Watterson, K.G. 1985. Soil properties and pine growth affected by site preparation after clearcutting. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 9(1): 40-44

    Related Search

    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page