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Natural regeneration of eastern hemlock: a reviewAuthor(s): Daniel L. Goerlich; Ralph D. Nyland
Source: In: McManus, Katherine A.; Shields, Kathleen S.; Souto, Dennis R., eds. Proceedings: Symposium on sustainable management of hemlock ecosystems in eastern North America. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-267. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 14-22.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionSuccessful regeneration of eastern hemlock involves a complex biophysical process that commonly spans many years. Critical factors include a reliable source of seed, a suitable seedbed, a partially shaded environment, and several years of favorable moisture. Surface scarification appears critical as a means of site preparation. Even then, young hemlocks grow slowly, and commonly take several years to reach a size suitable for overstory release. Uniform partial cutting, shelterwood method, and patch cutting have all proven effective as strategies for regenerating hemlock. Reserve strip cutting also appears promising.
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CitationGoerlich, Daniel L.; Nyland, Ralph D. 2000. Natural regeneration of eastern hemlock: a review. In: McManus, Katherine A.; Shields, Kathleen S.; Souto, Dennis R., eds. Proceedings: Symposium on sustainable management of hemlock ecosystems in eastern North America. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-267. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 14-22.
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