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Full-Tree SKidding Black Spruce: Another Way to Favor ReproductionAuthor(s): William F. Johnston
Source: Research Note NC-188. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionAn alternative to burning is needed for clearcut peatlands where only slash disposal is required to rapidly reproduce black spruce. A 2-year trial in north-central Minnesota indicates that reproduction will be rapid after full-tree skidding on nonbrushy sites taht have well-distribted sphagnum seedbeds and ample natural seeding. Broadcast burning is still recommended for most other conditions. The overall cost of slash disposal should be less by skidding than by burning if most trees are merchantable.
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CitationJohnston, William F. 1975. Full-Tree SKidding Black Spruce: Another Way to Favor Reproduction. Research Note NC-188. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
KeywordsPicea mariana, mechanized harvesting, site preparation, slash disposal, broadcast burning
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