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Thinning increases growth of 60-year-old cherry-maple stands in West VirginiaAuthor(s): Neil I. Lamson; Neil I. Lamson
Source: Res. Pap. NE-571. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 8 P.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionIn north-central West Virginia, previously unmanaged 60-year-old cherrymaple stands were thinned to 60 percent relative stand density. Thinning reduced mortality, redistributed growth onto fewer, larger stems, and increased individual tree growth. Five-year periodic basal-area growth per acre was 1.2 times greater in thinned stands than in unthinned stands. Periodic basal-area growth of,individual trees was greater in thinned stands than in controls: 3.0 times for all stems and 1.3 times for dominants and codominants. Relative stand density in the thinned stands increased 1.6 percent annually.
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CitationLamson, Neil I. 1985. Thinning increases growth of 60-year-old cherry-maple stands in West Virginia. Res. Pap. NE-571. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 8 P.
Keywordsthinning, diameter increment, volume increment, Allegheny hardwoods
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