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Notes: California Red Fir Literature: Some Corrections and Comments

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Evidence is offered to refute published ideas that top-killing of red fir saplings just above a 2 m snowpack occurs, or is the cause of reduced frequency of taller trees. Instead, damaging effects of snow are shown to be in terms of some permanent bending or breaking of stems, which causes eventual or rapid death of trees. In addition, it is shown that most small red firs are bent and covered by snow, which protects growing tips from top-killing attributed elsewhere to cold dry winds or snowblast. Stands are described as having predominantly even-aged structure, rather than uneven-aged. The seed has the characteristic of dropping in the fall--rather than in July--and germinating in the first spring after dropping. Forest Sci. 24:52-56.

Keywords: Abies magnifica; silvics; snow effects

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Research Forester, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Berkeley, Calif.

Publication date: March 1, 1978

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