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Wood Fiber Plantation

Figure 10: Wood Fiber Plantation — Illustration of a typical wood fiber plantation.

Description:

Trees are planted in a block as a separate field within an agricultural or livestock-production operating unit. Tree-to-tree distance is adjusted to produce optimum amounts of wood fiber during rotations generally less than 10 years.

Some Primary FOTGPractices for this System:

  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
  • Access Control (472)
  • Nutrient Management (590)
  • Forest Stand Improvement (666)
  • Irrigation System (441), Irrigation Water Management (449)

Primary Purposes:

  • To produce tree products or wood fiber in close proximity to agricultural or pasture areas to diversify the farm and ranch products.

Key Design Elements:

  • Trees are planted at a spacing to optimize wood fiber production. Generally, mature tree canopy cover ranges from 70 to 100 percent crown cover.

Tree/Shrub Species Requirements:

  • High value species adapted to the soil and climate of the planting site.
  • Tolerance of agricultural fertilizers and manure from adjacent fields.
  • Resistance to pests and herbicides.
  • Some resistance to stem and branch breakage from high winds, ice and snow as applicable to the site.