June 8, 2021 - Report provides four-year results from a study of 12 hybrid poplar clones planted in replicated yield trials at two locations in the Virginia Piedmont. Results through the first four growing seasons showed that the clone with the most rapid height growth was also most susceptible to frost damage and stem canker disease. Harold E. Burkhart, Amy M. Brunner, Brian J. Stanton, Richard A. Shuren, Ralph L. Amateis, Jerre L. Creighton.
Nine-Year Growth Responses to Planting Density Manipulation and Repeated Early Fertilization in a Loblolly Pine Stand in the Virginia Piedmont
June 8, 2021 - Report provides results of a study of two planting densities (363 and 726 trees per acre) and three levels of nutrient additions aimed at maintaining the current site index (SI25) of the stand (55 ft.) or improving the SI25 to 70 and 80 ft. None of the treatments affected survival or height during the first 9 years, but both affected diameter growth. Colleen A. Carlson, Thomas R. Fox, Jerre Creighton, Phillip... Read More
No. 140 Comparison of Early Performance of Containerized and Bare-Root Loblolly Pine Seedlings Planted from October through April
June 8, 2021 - Report provides two-year results of a test to compare loblolly pine seedlings propagated in containers to those raised in traditional beds and planted “bare-root” in October, November, December, February, March, and April. Container seedlings survived and grew well if planted in the fall or spring but not in winter, while bare-root seedlings performed acceptably at all planting dates.
No. 139 First-Year Performance of Loblolly Pine Seedlings Stored in Open-Ended Bundles Compared to Kraft Bags
May 27, 2021 - Report summarizes results of a study installed in 2020 to compare packaging and storage of loblolly pine seedlings in open-ended bundles and multi-walled kraft / polyethylene bags. After one growing season, there was no statistically significant difference in either survival or height growth.
May 27, 2021 - A report from a three-year study to determine whether the root beater mechanism (reciprocating vs. oscillating) on the lifters used at the Garland Gray nursery affected either survival or growth of seedlings after planting. Results indicate no statistically significant effects of lifter on either attribute.
May 17, 2021 - Report describes two-year results of a test of the herbicide triclopyr ester (product name Garlon 4 Ultra) applied as a basal spray to control American holly in the understory of mixed hardwood stands. Rates as low as 5% applied in February or 20% applied in March were highly effective.
May 10, 2021 - Booklet educates landowners about prescribed fire. What are the laws regarding prescribed burning? How is a burn conducted? What tools are necessary to safely conduct a burn?
May 3, 2021 - This handbook is produced by the USDA Forest Service and designed to familiarize recently appointed State Foresters and other key State Forestry Agency Leaders with the USDA Forest Service Southern Region, Southern Research Station, and more specifically with the USFS State and Private Forestry organization, personnel, programs, and operations.
May 3, 2021 - Annual report provides an assessment of the challenges and opportunities faced in forestry, highlights, and report of key activities over the past year.
April 27, 2021 - Annual report on the implementation of BMP monitoring in Virginia, including the audit methods and results of audits over the course of a year.