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Planted and natural tree seedling survival and density in three floodplain restorations on abandoned agricultural fieldsAuthor(s): Allen E. Plocher
Source: In: Van Sambeek, J. W.; Dawson, Jeffery O.; Ponder Jr., Felix; Loewenstein, Edward F.; Fralish, James S., eds. Proceedings of the 13th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-234. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 431-437
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionIn three floodplain forest restorations, established in abandoned agricultural fields in Illinois, permanent plots were sampled for 3 years to determine survivorship and density of planted tree seedlings, and species composition and density of natural regeneration. Planted tree survivorship decreased over time at all sites and after 3 years ranged from 32 to 61 percent. Planted density ranged from 780 to 1,330 individuals/ha and did not differ between species. Sapling/shrub stage natural regeneration ranged from 133 to 7,017 individuals/ha. Natural regeneration equaled or surpassed planted seedling density at two of the three sites. The site with greatest natural regeneration also had highest survival and density of planted trees.
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CitationPlocher, Allen E. 2003. Planted and natural tree seedling survival and density in three floodplain restorations on abandoned agricultural fields. In: Van Sambeek, J. W.; Dawson, Jeffery O.; Ponder Jr., Felix; Loewenstein, Edward F.; Fralish, James S., eds. Proceedings of the 13th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-234. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 431-437
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