The Oklahoma Forestry Service is working to genetically improve pine trees in Oklahoma.
the Forest Tree Improvement Center in Idabel, Virginia pine is being
genetically modified and tested to create more weather-hardy, faster
growing trees that require less corrective pruning and staking.
will in turn shorten or reduce the time-to-harvest rotation, creating a
faster return on investment while lightening the workload,” orchard
manager Justin Jones said.
He said seeds from the Idabel orchard are sent to the state seedling nursery in Goldsby.
year, the Oklahoma Forestry Service sells at cost about 50,000 pine
tree seedlings to Christmas tree growers across the state.
For more information, go to online to www.forestry.ok.gov.
Posted on Fri, December 23, 2011
by SUSAN WRIGHT, For The Oklahoman