Tree species trials in Nepal - some early results.
The objectives of the trials were to identify suitable species, and provenances, for fast-growing fuelwood plantations and to determine optimum silvicultural techniques, from nursery to post-establishment stage. The results are presented of work from 1973 to 1978 in the 15 trial plots in Kathmandu Valley, together with a brief background to Nepal and the Nepal/Australian Forestry Project. Of the 45 species tried, the most encouraging results were obtained with Eucalyptus camaldulensis, while E. maidenii, E. grandis, E. tereticornis, Pinus roxburghii, P. wallichiana and P. patula (above 1600 m) also grew well. The importance of good establishment techniques is emphasized, particularly fertilizing in B-deficient areas, and also of adequate protection for young plantations.