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Thinning cherry-maple stands in West Virginia: 5-year resultsAuthor(s): Neil I. Lamson; H. Clay Smith; H. Clay Smith
Source: Res. Pap. NE-615. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7 p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionIn northern West Virginia, 60-year-old cherry-maple stands were thinned to 75,60, and 45 percent relative stand density. Analysis of 5-year growth data showed that basal-area growth was not reduced by thinning. Cubic-foot and board-foot volume growth decreased slightly. Individual-tree growth of all trees, dominant/codominant trees, and the 50 largest diameter trees per acre was significantly increased by thinning. Dominantkodominant trees in the 45 percent plots grew about 0.42 inch more in 5 years than those in the control plots. Optimum stand density probably is less than 60 percent relative stand density.
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CitationLamson, Neil I.; Smith, H. Clay. 1988. Thinning cherry-maple stands in West Virginia: 5-year results. Res. Pap. NE-615. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7 p.
Keywordsthinning, diameter increment, volume increment, Allegheny hardwoods
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