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  • Evaluation of the White Oak Resource in Kentucky and Tennessee Using Effective Density Analysis
    Concerns have been raised about the future of the white oak (Quercus alba L.) resource in eastern forests. Declines can be traced to maturing forests (succession), species replacement after disturbance, cutting, ineffective fire management, and oak decline issues. Utilizing FIA data, I looked closely at the white oak resource in Kentucky and Tennessee, a region of best development and high volumes for the species. Highest concentrations of volume occurs on the Cumberland Plateau in Kentucky and again on the Cumberland Plateau plus the Highland Rim in Tennessee. There are 12.4 million acres of forest land in Kentucky and 13.9 million acres in Tennessee. White oak ≥1.0 in. dbh occurs on 10.6 million acres across the two states; total white oak volume is 5,845.2 million cubic feet. Effective density analysis reveals that this volume is not distributed evenly across the forest landscape. In Kentucky, 53 percent of the white oak volume occurs on 7 percent of forest land; in Tennessee 51 percent of the white oak volume occurs on 7 percent of forest land. The more valuable large trees (≥15.0 in. dbh) reveal a similar pattern. In Kentucky, 49 percent of the 1,716.2 million cubic feet in these large trees occurs on only 4 percent of forest land; in Tennessee, 46 percent of the 1,659.4 million cubic feet occurs on only 3 percent of forest land. Effective density analysis reveals distribution patterns that can help managers and policy makers maximize and ensure the full capacity, capabilities, and potential of the future. Presented by James Rosson, USDA Forest Service, at the 2019 SAF National Convention, Louisville, KY.
  • Economic Feasibility of Producing Livestock Animal Bedding from Low-Valued Woody Biomass
    The transition from a farm woodlot to a silvopasture system can be a capital-intensive process for the landowner. This is especially true given that many of the higher quality trees will be left in the stand to grow following the thinning operation. Furthermore, in some regions like New England, farm woodlots are often the result of pasture abandonment, due to the marginal nature of the land. This marginal land is characterized by minimal forest management, with low quality and low valued trees, posing a challenge for landowners who want to profit, or at least break even, in the transition from woodlot to silvopasture. However, alternative uses for low-valued wood, such as livestock animal bedding, may help provide the necessary outlet for this potential resource. This presentation will discuss the results from a series of studies assessing the interest and economic feasibility of producing livestock animal bedding from low quality eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.) and eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis [L.] Carrière) trees. For these studies, a commercial wood shaving machine was used to produce bedding material from biomass originating from the conversion of a farm woodlot to a silvopasture system. Economic factors, along with practical guidance on this emerging market, will be presented. Results may also be applicable to forest managers trying to find markets for woody biomass damaged by pests and pathogens. Presented by Matthew Smith, USDA Forest Service National Agroforestry Center, at the 2019 SAF National Convention, Louisville, KY.
  • Determining Which Spectral Bands Are Highly Correlated with Photosynthetic Capacity of a Poplar Plantation
    Tree breeding can produce many genotypes; however, it can be difficult and time consuming to determine which ones exhibit the best traits for productivity. Therefore, this study attempted to identify the specific wavelengths of reflectance that can be used to estimate photosynthetic capacity of poplar genotypes from various taxa. CO2 response curves were used to estimate photosynthetic capacity parameters including the Rubisco-limited rate of carboxylation (Vcmax), the maximum rate of electron transport (Jmax), triose phosphate utilization (TPU), mesophyll conductance (gm) and stomatal conductance (gs). While collecting the photosynthesis data, a handheld radiometer which can detect 512 bands ranging from 350 nm to 1050 nm, was used to measure leaf reflectance. Leaf areas were determined, and leaves were dried to estimate leaf mass per unit area (LMA). Stepwise linear regression was conducted to determine the specific bands associated with photosynthesis parameters. Preliminary results showed that wavelengths of 410, 417, 418, 420, 423, 432, 447, 449 nms were correlated with TPU (R2 = 0.90); 407, 408, 410, 415, 417, 425, 432, 434, 435 and 437 nms with Jmax (R2 = 0.77); 407, 408, 410, 417, 425 and 429 nms with Vcmax (R2 = 0.74); 294, 301, 303, 308, 314, 316, 318, 323, 348 and 353 nms with gm (R2 = 0.68); 767, 773, 775, 784, 790, 798, 802 and 804 nms with LMA (R2 = 0.60); and 1042, 1068 and 1072 nms with gs (R2 = 0.60). Therefore, remotely sensed spectral reflectance data can be used to quickly estimate photosynthetic parameters of various poplar genotypes to better select high performing varietals and taxa. Presented by Thu Ya Kyaw, Mississippi State University, at the 2019 SAF National Convention, Louisville, KY.