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Early understory biomass response to organic matter removal and soil compactionAuthor(s): Felix Jr. Ponder
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: 544-551.
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DescriptionIn the Missouri Ozarks, 6 and 8 years after treatment, understory biomass differences between bole only harvesting (BO) and whole-tree plus forest floor harvesting were not different; neither were there understory biomass differences between no compaction and severe compaction. Separation of the biomass into broad species categories (trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, grasses, woody vines, and annual vines) showed some categories to be different between treatments. Some differences in species abundance over time were also noteworthy. Understory vegetation is important to the survival and growth of the developing stand and has significant implications for wildlife populations, fuel loads, and nutrient cycling, all of which can be considered part of site productivity.
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CitationPonder, Felix Jr. 2008. Early understory biomass response to organic matter removal and soil compaction. 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: 544-551.
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