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Site Index Curves for Upland Oaks in the Central States

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Site index curves, developed for black, white, scarlet, and chestnut oaks using stem analysis data, reveal that each species has a different pattern of height growth, and polymorphic height growth patterns exist for different levels of site quality. Each species curve reveals better height growth after 60 years than predicted by presently used harmonized site index curves. White oak in particular maintains good height growth after 100 years of age. Forest Sci. 18:109-120.

Keywords: Q. alba; Q. coccinea; Q. prinus; Quercus velutina; stem analysis; tree height growth

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Soil Scientist at the North Central Forest Exp. Sta., USDA Forest Service, maintained at St. Paul, Minnesota, in cooperation with the University of Minnesota

Publication date: 1972-06-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
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    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

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