Southern Pine Forests of North America

  • Robert A. Mickler
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 118)

Abstract

The South’s pine forests, which were first glimpsed by English colonists at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, Charleston, South Carolina, in 1608, and Savannah, Georgia, in 1733, were part of the South’s old-growth timber resource that was harvested by the early 1900s. The second growth, which naturally regenerated following the cutting of the primeval woodlands along with stands planted as a result of the United States’ newly developing forestry policies and programs, became the South’s “second forest.” Second-growth pine forests supplied the wood for the first southern pine mill built in Texas in 1939, which utilized a new process to extract pine resin from pulp for the production of paper. From the 1930s to the 1960s, this forest was utilized by the rapidly growing pulp and paper industry and for other wood-using industries. By the 1960s, this forest had been almost entirely cut. Professional foresters and forest industry personnel call today’s naturally regenerated and managed stands of southern pines and hardwoods the South’s “third forest.” This forest is being harvested today and is projected to sustain commercial harvesting into the next century.

Keywords

Ozone Sandstone Shale Dolomite Silt 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Mickler
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  1. 1.ManTech Environmental Technology, Inc.RaleighUSA

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