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Impact of Pruning Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana)Author(s): Thomas L. Schmidt; Tom D. Wardle
Source: Western Journal of Applied Forestry 17(4):189-193
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionIn recent years, eastern redcedar has been the most rapidly expanding tree resource in the Great Plains from Oklahoma to South Dakota, primarily in rangelands and pastures. Based on these increases and potential management-related problems, eastern redcedar is perceived as a threat to the rangeland resource. Pruning eastern redcedar can allow for increased herbaceous growth under the eastern redcedar's crown, improve livestock handling, maintain the species for diversity and habitat contributions, and improve wood quality for potential future utilization by forest industries. To determine the effect of pruning to different heights on tree growth, we compared unpruned trees' total height and diameter to trees pruned from ground level to heights of 60, 90, 120, and 150 cm. No significant differences in the total height were found for all pruning treatments over all time periods. After more than 10 yr, trees pruned to 60, 90, and 120 cm had smaller diameters at ground level than unpruned trees. There were no differences in ground diameters for trees pruned to 150 cm compared to unpruned trees after 4 yr of growth. There were no significant differences in dbh for eastern redcedar trees pruned to all heights. Management of eastern redcedar, including pruning, is recommended as an alternative to control measures.
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CitationSchmidt, Thomas L.; Wardle, Tom D. 2002. Impact of Pruning Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana). Western Journal of Applied Forestry 17(4):189-193
KeywordsEastern redcedar, pruning, height growth, diameter growth
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