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Nutrients: a major consideration in intensive forest managementAuthor(s): James W. Hornbeck
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-29. Upper Darby, PA: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 241-250
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionEstimates of nutrient losses are compared for stem-only harvest versus a whole-tree harvest of a clearcut northern hardwood stand. Combined nutrient losses due to increased leaching and removal of vegetation after stem-only harvesting are estimated to be 334 kg/ha for calcium and 265 kg/ha for nitrogen. For a whole-tree harvest, combined losses are estimated at 537 kg/ha for calcium and 486 kg/ha for nitrogen. Replenishment of available calcium and nitrogen could be a problem, depending upon the rate of soil mineralization and natural replacement.
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CitationHornbeck, James W. 1977. Nutrients: a major consideration in intensive forest management. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-29. Upper Darby, PA: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 241-250
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