When a tract of land has undergone its’ final harvest, it is important to have a plan in place for the next rotation. We often recommend waiting 8 months to a year between cutting timber and replanting to avoid seedling mortality from the Pales Weevil. Although this weevil rarely causes trouble, it is certainly a smart management practice. Most tracts that we plant this year will be loblolly pine. Loblollys make great plantation trees and can be ready for a first thinning as early as 12 years of age. We will plant some slash pine and longleaf pine this year as well due to differing soil types as well as differing landowner objectives.
Here are a couple of shots from tree planting so far. We are planting over a million seedlings this year in Alabama!