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Lack of Viable Seeds in the Forest Floor After Clearcutting

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The viability of seeds of northern conifers apparently does not persist in the forest floor for more than one year. A set of forest-floor samples collected two years after a heavy seed crop and one year after a seed-crop failure did not produce any conifer germinants, regardless of whether or not the surfaces of the samples were disturbed. A second set of forest-floor samples collected the spring after a good conifer seed crop yielded many conifer germinants. Forest managers should not rely on seed in the forest floor for natural regeneration of northern conifers.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assoc. Soil Scientist, Northeastern Forest Exp. Sta., U.S. Forest Serv., Orono, Maine

Publication date: December 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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