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    Author(s): Wayne D. Shepperd; Carleton B. Edminster
    Date: 1997
    Source: In: Communicating the role of silviculture in managing the national forests: Proceedings of the National Silviculture Workshop. 1997 May 19-22; Warren, PA.: Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-238. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 110-114.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    Reductions in research operating budgets and recent trends in research management philosophy have in many instances forced Forest Service scientists to realign their research programs to compete for short-term grants and other sources of funding. This approach may prove detrimental in silviculture, a discipline where long-term research is critical for: (1) research in the regeneration and establishment of forests, (2) testing management alternatives in established stands, (3) retaining research installations for future remeasurement; using them as laboratories for other disciplines, and adapting them to meet current and future needs. We present specific examples from our own experience where long-term studies have been utilized in these capacities.

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    Shepperd, Wayne D.; Edminster, Carleton B. 1997. The value of long-term silvicultural research studies. In: Communicating the role of silviculture in managing the national forests: Proceedings of the National Silviculture Workshop. 1997 May 19-22; Warren, PA.: Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-238. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 110-114.

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