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Relation of initial spacing and relative stand density indices to stand characteristics in a Douglas-fir plantation spacing trialAuthor(s): Robert O. Curtis; Sheel Bansal; Constance A. Harrington
Source: Res. Pap. PNW-RP-607. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 27 p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionThis report presents updated information on a 1981 Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco var. menziesii ) plantation spacing trial at 33 years from planting. Stand statistics at the most recent measurement were compared for initial spacing of 1 through 6 meters and associated relative densities. There was no clear relationship of spacing to top height. Diameter, live crown ratio, and percent survival increased with spacing; basal area and relative density decreased with increase in spacing. Volume in trees ≥ 4 cm diameter was greatest at 2 m spacing, while utilizable volume (trees ≥20 cm dbh) was greatest at 4 m spacing. Live crown ratio decreased and total crown projectional area increased with increasing relative density indices. Total crown projectional area was more closely related to relative density than to basal area.
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CitationCurtis, Robert O.; Bansal, Sheel; Harrington, Constance A. 2016. Relation of initial spacing and relative stand density indices to stand characteristics in a Douglas-fir plantation spacing trial. Res. Pap. PNW-RP-607. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 27 p.
Keywordsplantation spacing, stand density, crown dimensions, yield, SDI, RD, Pseudotsuga menziesii.
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