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Pacific Southwest Research Station
Pacific Southwest
Research Station

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Albany, CA 94710-0011
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Research Topics

Vegetation Management: Garden of Eden

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Long Term Soil Productivity

Garden of Eden

Ponderosa pine is the most widely planted forest tree throughout California and southwest Oregon and is the usual reforestation species of choice following wildfire. The geographic abundance of ponderosa pine and and its capacity to respond quickly to treatment underscores an immense potential for meeting societal needs for fiber. This potential could reduce harvest pressures on natural forests. But managing plantations for sustainably higher yields requires a basic understanding of how it responds to release from competition, improved fertility, and freedom from insect pests. The Garden of Eden experiment was established in 1986 to help us understand the response potential of planted ponderosa pine when competition, fertility, and insect pests are controlled from establishment through crown closure. More about this topic.

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