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Response of Advance Grand Fir Regeneration to Overstory Removal in Northern Idaho

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A mathematical model predicting height growth for released grand fir regeneration is presented. Data used to develop the model indicate that response to release depends on tree characteristics and site conditions interacting with physiological shock. Release is better on cool, moist sites but depends highly on the vigor of the tree before release. Tall trees which are equally or more suppressed by the overstory do not respond as well as short trees. Logging damage decreases response. Recommendations for releasing stands of advance grand fir and guidelines for thinning released stands are provided. Forest Sci. 26:537-545.

Keywords: Abies grandis; advance growth; growth response; release; suppression

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, University of Idaho, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences, Moscow, Idaho

Publication date: 1980-12-01

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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
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

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