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Stand density relationshipsAuthor(s): John C. Tappeiner
Source: In: Anderson, P.D.; Ronnenberg, K.L., eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 110-111.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionTh inning stands (managing their densities) aff ects the development of trees and understory plants as individuals, as well as stand-level characteristics like structure, microclimate, and stand growth, habitat for various species, and fuel and potential fi re severity. Th ese characteristics and the rate of changes are aff ected by thinning severity—the reduction in numbers of trees, the stand density, and also by the number, sizes, species, and growth rates of the trees retained. In addition, site variables like potential for severe wind and ice/snow storms, soil depth/rooting, root diseases, and others, have an eff ect.
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CitationTappeiner, John C., II. 2013. Stand density relationships. In: Anderson, P.D.; Ronnenberg, K.L., eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 110-111.
Keywordsdensity management, thinning severity, stand structure and composition, wood production, late-successional stands.
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