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    Author(s): Michael H. McClellan; Paul E. Hennon; Patrick G. Heuer; Kenneth W. Coffin
    Date: 2014
    Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    We examined slash from thinning treatments in a 21-year chronosequence of young-growth stands in southeast Alaska to determine the strength and persistence of slash effects on two key features of deer habitat quality: forage availability and deer mobility within thinned areas. We describe the main deterioration processes and their dynamics over time. We measured wood density of slash of various ages and present a model to estimate changes in wood density over time. This report also discusses factors that contribute to initial slash loading, slash deterioration, and effects on deer habitat.

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    McClellan,Michael H.; Hennon, Paul E.; Heuer, Patrick G.; Coffin,Kenneth W. 2014. Condition and deterioration rate of precommercial thinning slash at False Island, Alaska. Res. Pap. PNW-RP-594. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 29 p.


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    Thinning, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, southeast Alaska, slash, decomposition, wildlife habitat, Sitka black-tailed deer.

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