Project Code: BRL-01-036
Area:Field Operations
Sponsor:Blue Ridge Lumber (1981)

The primary purpose of this Project was the reduction of deciduous competition, thus assisting the coniferous crop trees to maintain "free-to-grow" status.

Objectives included the decrease of intra- and inter-specific competition, establish pre-determined densities and composition structure, and create an environment in which the crop trees can maintain "free-to-grow".

Over the 2000 field season, approximately 2,131 hectares was manually tended using brush saws. "All found" costs were $517.07 per hectare and overall quality on most of the blocks exceeded the 95% level.

Conifer Release
Manual – Brush Saw
Mechanical Tending
Density management
Weeding & Thinning
Blue Ridge Lumber