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Forest structure and development: implications for forest managementAuthor(s): Kevin L. O'Hara
Source: In: Murphy, Dennis D. and Stine, Peter A., editors. Proceedings of the Sierra Nevada Science Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-193. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 115-118
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionA general premise of forest managers is that modern silviculture should be based, in large part, on natural disturbance patterns and species' adaptations to these disturbances. An understanding of forest stand dynamics is therefore a prerequisite to sound forest management. This paper provides a brief overview of forest stand development, stand structures, and disturbance regimes and discusses the implications of applying this information to forest management in the Sierra Nevada. It focuses on three forest types that comprise the bulk of the managed land base: mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, and red fir forests.
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CitationO''Hara, Kevin L. 2004. Forest structure and development: implications for forest management. In: Murphy, Dennis D. and Stine, Peter A., editors. Proceedings of the Sierra Nevada Science Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-193. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 115-118
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