Skip to Main Content
Long-term seedfall, establishment, survival, and growth of natural and planted ponderosa pine in the Colorado Front RangeAuthor(s): Wayne D. Shepperd; Carleton B. Edminster; Stephen A. Mata
Source: Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 21(1): 19-26.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
Download Publication (171.0 KB)
DescriptionSeedfall, natural regeneration establishment, and growth of planted seedlings was observed from 1981 to 2001 under shelterwood and seedtree overstories in a replicated study in ponderosa pine in the Manitou Experimental Forest in the Colorado Front Range. Good seed crops were produced only every 4 to 6 years, with almost no viable seed produced in intervening years. With seed predation, only 14% of total seedfall was available for germination. Shelterwood overstories containing between 6 and 14 m2 ha_1 stem basal area over scarified seedbeds provided optimal conditions for natural seedling establishment. Survival and growth of planted seedlings was much better than that of natural seedlings. However, poor survival and slow initial growth may require many years to establish a fully stocked forest of natural seedlings.
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationShepperd, Wayne D.; Edminster, Carleton B.; Mata, Stephen A. 2006. Long-term seedfall, establishment, survival, and growth of natural and planted ponderosa pine in the Colorado Front Range. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 21(1): 19-26.
KeywordsPinus ponderosa, silviculture, regeneration, seed viability
- Performance of Ponderosa Pine on Bituminous Mine Spoils in Pennsylvania
- Genetic variation and seed transfer guidelines for ponderosa pine in central Oregon.
- The Chilling Optimum of Idaho and Arizona Ponderosa Pine Buds
XML: View XML