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Pine seedlings are cheaper and easier to plant than hardwoods. Seedling costs for pine average $40 per 1000 seedlings, while hardwoods such as yellow-poplar and oaks average $250 or more per 1,000 seedlings.

Keep in mind

  • Pine is more valuable on the timber market than the red maple, low-grade oaks and sweetgum that generally occur on poorer sites.

  • Pines are cheaper to establish and are grown at shorter rotations, 20 to 30 years, than hardwoods.

  • Establishment and management costs are recovered more quickly with the shorter rotations.

  • Annual rate of return for pine in the southeast averages 10 to 12 percent per year.

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