I have been clearing underbrush and thinning my 16 acers of loblolly pine, by hand a little at a time for several years. How far apart should i thin the pines to. It lookes like they were originally planted in rows but many volunteers are growing.

Hello Jimmy,

Thank you for your question.  The best person to talk to would be a forester who can walk your land with you and understand the unique conditions and what your long term goals are for your land.  That said, there are some resources on Loblolly that were developed by the University of Tennessee Extension Services. 

You might also want to reach out to your state forestry agency or local extension foresters.  You might also consider hiring a consulting forester if this is something you are interested in doing into the future.  We have some instructions available to help walk you through this process of connecting to our 460 plus foresters from around the country.  Through your account, you can Request a Consultation and share a read-only version of your map and goals. 

We also have some helpful content around Choosing a Consulting Forester and Finding and Hiring a Consulting Forester

Hope that helps.

Caroline Kuebler

Program Manager for MyLandPlan.org