Rawlings Consulting Forestry, PLLC: Serving forest landowners in North Carolina since 1983
A recently thinned stand of loblolly pine
This stand of loblolly pine has been recently thinned.

Pulpwood Thinning

A pulpwood thinning may be the most important forest management tool available for sustaining a vigorous crop tree growth rate and thus, providing a higher return on your investment, protection from many forest insects, and improved wildlife habitat. When properly conducted, a pulpwood thinning removes trees from over-stocked plantations and naturally regenerated stands to provide a uniform spacing and optimal exposure of the crown to sunlight. The thinning process may be conducted by harvesting individual rows of trees from a plantation, parallel swaths from natural stands, or individual tree selection focusing on removal of smaller, diseased or deformed trees. In many cases, a combination of techniques is utilized to provide increased benefits. For each pulpwood thinning, services are individualized to ensure forest management goals are obtained while maximizing income from the thinned timber and protecting the future crop trees.

The following is a brief summarization of many services that may be provided for a pulpwood thinning, each of which can be modified to enhance the thinning and adhere to the desired forest management objectives:

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