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Conrolled Burning

 

Controlled burning is an essential tool in the management of a pine forest.  Not only does it reduce competition, but it also replenishes the soil with much needed organic matter/nutrients.  Generally, after the first thinning of the stand, this is done periodically until maturity.  Frequency depends on the level of competition and the amount of leaf litter on the ground.

 

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The beginning of a controlled burn around a pine plantation

"The objective is to burn with the wind so that it will carry through the plantation.

The fire is beginning to move through the plantation.

A successful burn through the plantation

"The leaf litter and debris are reduced completely to ash. With coming rains, this organic matter will replenish the soil with nutrients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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