Glossary – P

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Plantation – A tree stand established by planting or direct seeding.

Planting stock – Tree seedlings or transplants that will be planted to reproduce a tree stand.

Plot – An area of land, usually less than one acre, on which trees and sometimes other vegetation are measured during a cruise (or inventory).

Pole stand – A stand of trees where DBH ranges from 4 inches up to approximately 8 to 12 inches.

Poletimber – See pole stand.

Precommercial cutting – See noncommercial cutting.

Pruning – The removal of live or dead branches from standing trees. With forest trees, pruning generally means removing limbs from the lower 17 feet of the main stem to produce higher quality (knot-free) wood.

Pulpwood – Wood cut primarily to be converted into wood pulp, chips, or fiber for the manufacture of paper, fiberboard, or other wood fiber products.

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