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Biomass flow in western forests: Simulating the effects of fuel reduction and presettlement restoration treatmentsAuthor(s): Kurt Hollenstein; Robin L. Graham; Wayne D. Shepperd
Source: Journal of Forestry. 99(10): 12-19.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionFuel treatment silviculture and the resulting long-term flow of biomass were examined using data from selected western stands. An uneven-aged management regime with reserve trees was modeled, using a canopy closure of 40 percent for the dominant trees as a target and a harvest cutting cycle of 20 years. Fuel reduction treatments in currently overstocked stands resulted in an initial peak of removal for the first and second cutting cycles. Yields stabilized in subsequent cutting cycles. Removal of some large reserve trees was crucial for maintaining stand structure and fire resilience.
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CitationHollenstein, Kurt; Graham, Robin L.; Shepperd, Wayne D. 2001. Biomass flow in western forests: Simulating the effects of fuel reduction and presettlement restoration treatments. Journal of Forestry. 99(10): 12-19.
Keywordsenvironmental management, fire, forest, forest management, forest resources, forestry, forestry research, forestry science, modeling, natural resource management, natural resources, silviculture, thinning
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