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    Author(s): Robert M. Frank; Lawrence O. Safford
    Date: 1970
    Source: Journal of Forestry. 68(12): 776-778.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    The viability of seeds o[ northern conifers apparently does not persist in the forest floor for more than one year. A set of forest-floor samples collected two years alter a heavy seed crop and one year alter a seedcrop failure did not produce any conifer germinants, regardless of whether or not the surfaces of the samples were disturbed. A second set of forest-floor samples collected the spring alter a good conifer seed crop yielded many conifer germinants. Forest managers should not rely on seed in the forest floor for natural regeneration of northern conifers.

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    Frank, Robert M.; Safford, Lawrence O. 1970. Lack of viable seeds in the forest floor after clearcutting. Journal of Forestry. 68(12): 776-778.

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