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Growth and Survival Modeling for Planted Conifers in the Great Lakes Region

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In the steady advance of techniques to model forest systems, the development of models to represent the brief, but crucial, establishment phase of planted conifers has been largely ignored. A framework of prediction equations was developed for the growth and survial of red pine and white spruce during the first 5 years after planting. The model development process incorporated data synthesized from published reports of planting experiments in the Great Lakes region. Two compatible growth estimation functions were derived to accomodate observations of plantation averages in the form of either annual stem height increment or total cumulative stem height. A single function was hypothesized for total percent survival. The overall modeling effort is a "first step" in characterizing the regeneration system. For. Sci. 34(2):458-473.

Keywords: Picea glauca; Pinus resinosa; Red pine; planting; stand establishment; white spruce

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor and Head, Department of Forest Resources, College of Forestry, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

Publication date: June 1, 1988

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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.
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