Clemson Extension Forestry and Wildlife

Interspecies Plantings to Improve Future Oak Log Quality

Figure 1. Retention of branches on lower bole for longer duration can lead to log defects. Also note the poor crown stratification due to decurrent crown form. Species with excurrent crowns (sweetgum, yellow-poplar, etc) are more likely to perform well as monocultures, similar as they are found in nature. Photo: Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck

The booklet entitled, Forest Trees of South Carolina (SC Forest Commission 2018) contains 18 oak species commonly found in South Carolina. Six of these species are considered bottomland oaks and may exist in the stream floodplains. Silvicultural researchers have investigated the beneficial relationship between different bottomland tree species (oak and non-oak) growing in proximity to […]

South Carolina Stumpage Market in Q1/2021 and an Article Synthesis

Figure 1. Graph of South Carolina sawtimber prices. Q1'21 Pine sawtimber $23.56/ton, Hardwood sawtimber $24.71/ton

S.C. stumpage market trends: Both sawtimber and pulpwood prices continue to recover from the price slump seen in the third quarter of 2020. With the gradual recovery of the overall economy from COVID-induced economic shock, forestry and mill production activities have accelerated this quarter. Restrained production activities at the mills during the COVID period have […]

Overall Lumber Market and South Carolina Timber Price Trends During the Third Quarter 2020

SC Statewide Sawtimber and Pulpwood Prince Trends Q3'20. Pine Sawtimber- $21.61/ton, Hardwood Sawtimber- $19.89/tin. Pine Pulpwood- $8.85/ton, Hardwood Pulpwood- $7.74/ton.

This quarter saw the price of lumber futures skyrocket to historically high levels of $928.50/MBF on September 1st despite the COVID-19 epidemic and the ensuring shutdowns. The swift rebound in the housing market led to an increased demand for the building commodity, but the pandemic-induced disruptions in the lumber mill operations contributed to its supply […]

Midstory/ Understory Control in Hardwood Stands

Area on the left received midstory chemical control versus untreated on the right.

Most mature hardwood stands lack an adequate abundance of oak reproduction (seedlings and saplings) on the forest floor. If oaks are to be successfully regenerated into the future stand, silvicultural practices need to begin years prior to the complete removal of the standing timber. One of these practices may include a midstory and understory treatment […]