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Comparing partial cutttng practices in central Appalachian hardwoodsAuthor(s): G.W. Miller; H.C. Smith
Source: In: McCormick, Larry H.; Gottschalk, Kurt W., eds. Proceedings, 8th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 1991 March 4-6; University Park, PA. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-148. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 105-119.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionVariations of diameter-limit and perhaps single-tree selection harvesting are used to regenerate and manage central Appalachian hardwood sawtimber stands. In practice, these methods differ in terms of cut rules, control of stand structure, and cultural treatment of immature stems. Preliminary information is provided to compare the effect of two differing harvest practices on the residual stand--species composition, tree quality, stand structure, and return on residual stand value. Data were obtained from second-growth central Appalachian hardwood stands managed under a given harvesting practice for 30 to 40 years. Results indicate that, for the short term, many single-tree selection goals may be achieved with an easy-to-apply diameter-limit harvest of mature trees. Economic considerations for practical application and potential long-term impacts of each harvesting method are discussed.
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CitationMiller, G.W.; Smith, H.C. 1991. Comparing partial cutttng practices in central Appalachian hardwoods. In: McCormick, Larry H.; Gottschalk, Kurt W., eds. Proceedings, 8th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 1991 March 4-6; University Park, PA. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-148. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 105-119.
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