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Snow Breakage in Black and White Spruce in Interior Alaska Stands

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Quantitative evidence now indicates the importance of snow and ice breakage to the development of white and black spruce stands in interior Alaska. During the winter of 1967-1968, 28 percent of the stems in a 160-year-old black spruce and 23 percent of the stems in a 178-year-old white spruce stand were broken as a result of snow and ice accumulation. The quantity of material deposited on the forest floor was about 11.2 and 13.3 metric tons per hectare in the black and white spruce, respectively. Data are also presented on the quantity of selected nutrients added to the forest floor by this breakage.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Silviculturist at the Institute of Northern Forestry, College, Alaska

Publication date: February 1, 1970

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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