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    Author(s): W. B. Steele; D. D. Hook; M. A. Buford; J. G. Williams
    Date: 1992
    Source: Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial Southern Silviculural Research Conference
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    In 1989, Hurricane Hugo destroyed an 85-acre mixed bottomland hardwood stand on the Santee Experimental Forest near Huger, SC. Detailed basal area and species composition data on this stand, as well as the parent stand provided the opportunity to evaluate several silvicultural treatments for increasing the cherrybark oak (Quercus falcata var. pagodifolia) and shumard oak (Quercus shumardii) component of a bottomland hardwood stand. A study was installed on the site in 1990 which consisted of four treatments with increasing degrees of silvicultural manipulation and investment. Treatments range from no enhancement to cutting of all stems greater than 1 inch DBH, herbicide control of undesirable hardwoods, and planting of cherrybark oak seedlings. Comparison of treatments after two years suggest that control of undesirable hardwood sprouts with herbicide application and planting oak seedlings had a positive effect on the oak component. This ongoing project will monitor stand growth to observe the long-term effects of these treatments on stand composition and value.

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    Steele, W. B.; Hook, D. D.; Buford, M. A.; Williams, J. G. 1992. Enhancing oak regeneration in mixed bottomland hardwood stand after a major distrubance. In: Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial Southern Silviculural Research Conference; 1992 November 17-19: Mobile, AL: 87-90.

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