Thinning Pines

first_imgProper management of a pine stand requires thinning in order to prevent disease and insect infestation and to maximize profit. Thinning is the process of cutting or removing certain trees from a stand to regulate the number, quality and distribution of the remaining trees.Commercial pine timber is typically grown for pulpwood, chip-n-saw lumber, saw timber and, less commonly, veneer. The growing process takes between 30 and 40 years, depending on the manager’s end goal and the quality of the site where the trees are growing.Harvest time for pulpwood and veneer depends on a rotational age and site index. Stand age for a pulpwood harvest is between eight and 10 years. This is the age at which canopy closure often occurs and young trees compete for light and nutrients, causing stress. Stands at this stage are not often thinned due to the low or lack of market value of pulpwood.Chip-n-saw timber harvest generally occurs when trees are between 15 and 20 years of age. The first thinning that occurs in a stand happens during this harvest age and usually has commercial value. Saw timber is harvested last and it is often the final cutting that occurs in most commercial stands.Thinning, whether it is precommercial or commercial, benefits the timber stand and the owner of the stand. Reducing stand density reduces competition for nutrients, space and light and improves the vigor, growth rate and overall quality of the remaining trees.Decreasing competition within the stand also reduces the likelihood that trees will be stressed due to lack of resources. Stressed trees are more susceptible to diseases and insects.The landowner benefits from thinning because growth is concentrated in fewer, faster-growing trees. The time required for trees to reach harvestable size is reduced. Larger trees bring higher stumpage prices and only quality trees are permitted to grow to final harvest. Eliminating the number of low-value trees maximizes profit.Trees that could stagnate or die before final harvest can be profitable, too. Intermediate harvests can provide periodic income, enhance fire protection and benefit wildlife.Beyond thinning, prescribed fire is a wonderful management tool within a timber stand. Prescribed fire controls thick underbrush, reduces fuel loads, recycles nutrients and provides forage for wildlife. After thinning, foresters should apply forestry-grade herbicide and perform a winter burn to free nutrients and reduce fuel loads in the stand. Fuel-load reduction is essential because it reduces the intensity of wildfires that can damage trees.Commercial timber represents 87.4 percent of Georgia’s forestry and forestry products, according to the 2015 farm gate value report from the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Forest industry production and processing accounted for an economic contribution of $17.7 billion and over 73,300 jobs in 2015.Proper management practices must take place to protect timber stands from disease and insects and to maximize their value. While precommercial thinning is often not profitable, it should be used to cut stand density to reduce stress. This practice can save money and can increase the value of the timber in the long run. For more advice on managing pine stands, contact a professional forester or your local UGA Cooperative Extension agent.last_img read more

NCUA awards $2 million to low-income credit unions

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA announced that 225 low-income credit unions received more than $2 million in funds in the agency’s latest round of grants.The NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives administered the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund grant process, and its Director, William Myers, said the high degree of credit union participation has been encouraging. continue reading »last_img read more

VP Leni to divulge drug war findings next week

first_img “Ano ito, mas recommendatory. Ito, iyong pinakaplano talaga nito gagawin after ako natanggal,” Robredo said./PN Vice President Leni Robredo is set to reveal her drug war findings and recommendations when she was cochair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. OVP The former antidrug czar earlier saidshe wants to publicize her findings because the information helpful to improvethe antidrug operations are left untouched on Duterte’s desk. MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo willrelease on Dec. 16 her drug war findings and recommendations from her two-weekstint as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). The Vice President said that the report she was about to release contains recommendations on improving the drug war.center_img Duterte fired Robredo less than three weeks after she assumed office over fears that she will “mess up” the government’s campaign against illegal drugs. Robredo was appointed by President Duterte as ICAD co-chairperson last month after she criticized the drug war as a failure. “I am just waiting for the 2019Southeast Asian Games to finish before releasing the report. Most probablyMonday, ano? Monday mangyayari ang revelation,” Robredo told reporters in aninterview on Tuesday. last_img read more

Ghana to compete in Africa Badminton Junior Championships

first_imgThe 2013 All Africa Junior Badminton Championships (U-19) will take place in Algeria, from 14th to 20th April, 2013.The Badminton Association of Ghana will present a team to represent the country in both the team events and the individual events.As part of efforts to present a formidable team at the Championships, 11 players (6 boys and 5 girls) have been selected to commence initial training at the Rlg Hithramani Sports Hall, Accra Sports Stadium each weekend starting, Friday, 15th March, 2013.The boys include Abraham Ayitey, Emmanuel Botwe, Mohammed Adams, Lawton Hamitton, Ebenezer Andrews and Richard Aidoo. In the ladies category, Stella Amassah, Dina Archer, Grace Atipaka, Eunice Arthur and Pearl Mamah have been selected.Training schedules have been slated for Friday 15th March to Sunday, the 7th of April,2013.This will be followed by one week intensive residential camping for final preparation and selection from Monday, 8th to Saturday, 13th April, 2013. Three technical handlers (Coaches) namely; Frank Shamo, Jacob Evans Wilson and Dr. Kodjo Afadzie Asamoah will conduct the training sessions.They are expected to take the players through series of Badminton drills, to enhance their stamina, skills and techniques for optimum performance during the Championships.In the 2009 edition held in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ghana won Bronze in the Teams Events, one silver and one bronze in the Individual Events (Boys Category) and they hope to improve tremendously on the 2009 performance.The Association is also appealing to corporate bodies and individuals to support the programme i.e. in kind or cash to enable the team compete in the championships.last_img read more