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Notes: Drought Crack on Western White Pine in Northern Idaho

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In September of 1967 one western white pine in Northern Idaho had external cracks which were not apparent three months earlier. This fact together with observation of climatic data, site conditions, and wood anatomy suggest that cracking resulted from moisture stress. Inherent structural weaknesses of the wood apparently predisposed the tree stem to cracking during the drought. Forest Science 19:77-80.

Keywords: Pinus monticola; moisture stress; tracheids; xylem

Document Type: News

Affiliations: Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Exp. Sta., Ogden, Utah

Publication date: March 1, 1973

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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.

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