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Figure 1. Landowners often overlook the option of uneven-aged management of longleaf pine because they think it is too complicated.

Basal area is often used to make land management decisions, but it is a term that can be confusing to landowners. Used by both forestry and wildlife professionals, basal area is defined as an estimate of cross-sectional area (usually in square feet) of a tree or trees 4.5 feet above the ground. Learn more in this short video.

To learn more about basal area and its uses in forestland management check out the Alabama Extension publication found at this link Basal Area: A Measure Made for Management.

For more information, contact the Alabama Extension regional forestry and wildlife agent serving your county.

This video first appeared as a part of Alabama Extension’s Management Minute Series on the Buckmasters television show.

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