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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1962) 8(4): 641–647
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Management of Radiata Pine for Profitable Early Thinning

J.G. Groome

A brief description of current tending schedules for radiata pine is given together with the reasons for following what are claimed to be conservative practices. The use of wider initial espacements together with four-year old green pruning is put forward as an alternative to denser planting, delayed pruning and thinning to waste. The more efficient use of manpower together with the expectation of early profits from an expanding market are given as reasons for employing more intensive cultural practices.
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