Operational Pine Management in the South

Day 1

8:00-8:30 am Registration

8:30-8:45 Course Overview - Introduction

8:45-9:45 Operational Results vs Research Results

Expected Results (Yields or Gains) from Operational

        Tillage

        Improved seedlings

        WeedControl (Site prep, HWC, Release)

        Fertilization (at Planting & Mid-rotation)

9:45-10:15 Break

10:15-12:00 Factors to Consider in Making a Management Plan

Landowner Objectives and Constraints

Economic, Wildlife Habitat

Aesthetics, Capital Available

Importance of Changing Markets & Flexibility

Wood Quality Considerations

Effects of Planting Density & Geography

Importance of Yield Models

12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)

1:00-2:30 pm Evaluating Alternative Management Plans-Unthinned

Differential Product Yields and Economic Returns from

Combinations of Operational Treatments

        Marginal return of treatments on different sites

        Effect of Changing Product Prices on Choice of Treatments

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-5:00 Evaluating Alternative Management Plans-Thinned

Thinning as a Tool to Add Flexibility and Affect Returns

Thinning Age and Residual Basal Area as Affected by Product

Prices and Treatment Combinations

Cost of Delaying Thinning Due to Low Pulpwood Prices

Cost of Changing Residual Basal Area to Meet Other

Objectives (Wildlife, Aesthetics, etc.)

5:00 Adjourn

5:00-6:00 Professional Ethics (Optional)


Day 2

8:00-8:15 am Questions from Day 1

8:15-9:45 Management Strategies for Old Field Plantations

Species and Density Considerations

Operational Herbaceous Weed Control Considerations

-Banded, Broadcast, Multiple Treatments

Wood Quality

Fertilization Options

Pine Straw Raking

Thinning at Different Ages and Intensities

Importance of Markets in Making Management Recommendations

9:45-10:15 Break

10:15-12:00 Management Strategies for Cutover Plantations

Operational Site Preparation Options

Operational Herbaceous Weed Control Considerations

-Banded, Broadcast, Multiple Treatments

Fertilization Options

Wood Quality

Thinning at Different Ages and Intensities

Importance of Markets in Making Management Recommendations

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (Provided)

1:00-2:30 Management Strategies for Cutover Plantations

The no Site Preparation Option

Operational Herbaceous Weed Control Considerations

-Banded, Broadcast, Multiple Treatments

Release Options

Fertilization Options

Wood Quality

Thinning at different ages and intensities

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-5:00 Case Studies

Operational Management in the Lower Coastal Plain

Operational Management in the Piedmont

-Factors influencing Decisions on Treatments Selected

5:00 Adjourn