In this part of the Southeastern United States there are generally two types of forests: pine and hardwood. In the management of each there comes a time when the mature forest is harvested (or eliminated by nature), and the forest is re-established. For hardwood, this regeneration usually occurs naturally and our job is to encourage and facilitate re-growth. For pine, the trees need to be planted, usually by hand.
Before planting, each site is evaluated to see what needs to be planted, where the planting will take place, and what is needed to prepare the site. Since pine seedlings need direct sunlight to survive, controlling competition is essential.