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Crop tree release increases growth of red oak sawtimber in southern New England: 12-year resultsAuthor(s): Jeffrey S. Ward
Source: In: Jacobs, Douglass F.; Michler, Charles H., eds. 2008. Proceedings, 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2008 April 8-9; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 457-465.
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DescriptionIn winter 1995, five crop tree thinning plots were established in central Connecticut. Stands were mature red oak sawtimber (74-94 years old) with no history of prior management. Crop trees were upper canopy red oaks (northern red, black, and scarlet) with a potential grade 1 or 2 butt log. Growth of crop trees was monitored for the next 12 years. Diameter, cubic-foot, and board-foot growth was increased by release on three or four sides (complete release). This increase was maintained for at least 12 years. Mean diameter growth 0-3 years after cutting was slightly greater, 18 percent, for completely released trees than for unreleased trees.
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CitationWard, Jeffrey S. 2008. Crop tree release increases growth of red oak sawtimber in southern New England: 12-year results. In: Jacobs, Douglass F.; Michler, Charles H., eds. 2008. Proceedings, 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2008 April 8-9; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 457-465.
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