New study on cubing tariffs for Moroccan pines

Assessment of the current state of Aleppo pine and Canary pine in the Takerna canton (Morocco) through the construction of volume tariffs.

Photo: Nabila El Aich
Photo: Nabila El Aich

The Aleppo pine forms the backbone of the main plantations in Morocco. It has great plasticity and indifference to the nature of the substrate, and is among the first species used in reforestation in Morocco. This choice implies protection of the sloping soil against erosion and a modest production of lumber and industry that the country needs. The Canary pine, however, is a potentially more productive species yet occupies only a very limited place in reforestation.

Studies relating to these two species remain disparate and do not concern all the plantations. Aleppo pine and Canary pine stands are subdivided into exploitation lots and sold without in-depth knowledge of the potential of the area or of the appropriate methods to ensure the viability and continuity of the pine forests. In addition, responsible managers do not have the tools for decision-making and long-term forest development control.

A new study of the Takerma perimeter falls aims to evaluate the current state of the Aleppo pine and Canary pine stands through the construction of volume tariffs. Additionally, this study looks at the effect of mixing on the productivity of Aleppo pine.

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