Deployment Strategies for the Southern Pines:
Site Specific Management Practices for the Flat
Woods of Georgia and Florida
Four species of southern pine are commonly
planted in the Coastal Plain of Georgia and
Florida: slash pine ( Pinus elliottii),
loblolly pine ( P. taeda), longleaf
pine ( P. palustris), or sand pine
( P. clausa). These species vary greatly
in their site requirements and growth rates.
Appropriate deployment decisions must be made
in order to insure adequate survival, growth
and yield of plantations. Species deployment
options based on the silvical characteristics
of the four species and soil properties in the
Flatwoods are discussed. A species deployment
decision key is presented that provides site
specific recommendations for in the planting
southern pines in the Flatwoods based on the
CRIFF soil group classification system.
Thomas R. Fox, Associate Professor of Silviculture
and Forest Soils, Department of Forestry, Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University,
Blacksburg, VA 24061.