Planting an Adverse Site in New York--II
In 1941, six conifer species were planted in small blocks on a recently cultivated, poorly drained, exposed hilltop site in southwestern Albany County, N. Y., to determine whether any or all would be suitable to reforest such adverse sites. All species suffered at first from frost heaving and strong winds. After 21 growing seasons, white cedar had grown too slowly to produce a closed stand. White spruce, while resistant to glaze storms and heavy, wet snow was only beginning to dominate the site. Jack pine had formed a thin, crooked-stemmed stand, still being damaged by winter storms; its volunteer seedlings were vigorous and straight-stemmed. Red pine had grown poorly on this deficiently-drained site; nearby plantations on better-drained sites were satisfactory. European larch showed poor initial survival, was later damaged by ice and snow, but the remaining, undamaged trees had grown satisfactorily. Japanese larch suffered moderate damage from ice and snow but had produced the best stand of all, while its numerous volunteer seedlings were growing vigorously.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Senior Wildlife Biologist, New York State Conservation Department, Albany
Publication date: 1964-03-01
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