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Uneven-aged management of southern yellow pine offers family forest owners in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont of the Southeast an attractive economic alternative to the two most common forestry scenarios. First, the great majority of owners practice no management. Too often they call in a timber buyer or procurement forester who high grades the forest. Second are the owners who follow the widely promoted industrial model of even-aged plantations. In either scenario, the owner can expect one major income event in a lifetime, followed, if he chooses, by a significant investment in site preparation and replanting. The return from either of these once-in-a-lifetime events is generally significantly less than what could be earned over time under uneven-aged management. With the help of a trained forester, owners have historically earned over $100 per acre per year while maintaining full stocking of their forest.