Sumter County Compost for Forest Crops

This project addressed research and demonstration on fast-growing forest trees response to Sumter County compost, development of guidelines for compost use on these short rotation forest crops, estimation of associated economic and environmental benefits, and dissemination of this information to clientele.

At the end of the project, a guide for the use of compost on forest crops and at least two publications in appropriate journals on forest crop responses to Sumter County compost and on associated economic and environmental benefits were made available.

The need for environmentally sound, economically feasible, practical, and applicable solutions for recycling and utilizing organics was addressed by this project’s 1) research on and demonstration of tree responses to Sumter County compost, 2) development of guidelines for compost use on forest crops, and 3) estimation of economic and environmental benefits.

The environmental impacts of compost application were determined by periodic site monitoring and annual tree biomass characterization sufficient to develop annual and cumulative nutrient and water budgets. The educational components of this project        promoted the benefits of compost application to farms and forests where these forest crops are competitive with other land uses.


Forestry – Progress Report Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2004
Forestry – Progress Report Jan 1 – Mar 31, 2005
Forestry – Progress Report Apr 1 – Jun 30, 2005
Forestry – Progress Report Jul 1 – Sep 30, 2005
Forestry – Progress Report Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2005
Forestry – Progress Report Jan 1 – Mar 31, 2006
Forestry – Progress Report April 4, 2007

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