Intensive Pine Straw Management on Post CRP Pine Stands
By: Mike D. Hayes, Bryan C. McElvany, E. David Dickens and David J. Moorhead
Across Southeast Georgia, thousands of landowners are faced with the decision of how to effectively manage post Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) pine stands. As the income from CRP contracts ends, many landowners with slash and longleaf pine stands are attracted to pine straw production to provide revenue in the mid-rotation years of the harvest cycle. Wheeler County has historically been a hub of pine straw production in Georgia. A study was designed to evaluate the impact of intensive management practices on pine straw production in Wheeler County.
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