The Influence of Cutting Method on Regeneration of Second-Growth Northern Hardwoods

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The regeneration present 15 years after cutting in a trial of nine cutting methods in second-growth northern hardwoods is evaluated. The cuttings ranged from 0 to 100 percent overstory removal in sugar maple (SAF type 27) stands in northern Wisconsin that were heavily cut 50 to 60 years before. Reproduction was abundant and well distributed on most cutting areas at the end of the first growing season after cutting. After 15 years stocking was extremely variable in the clearcuttings and diameter-limit cuttings; undesirable shrub and grass species dominated on more than 60 percent of the quadrats in some cases. Heavy cutting also failed to produce moderately tolerant species. Partial cutting resulted in well stocked regeneration stands of sugar maple.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Plant Physiologist, Northern Hardwoods Laboratory, North Central Forest Exp. Sta., U.S. Forest Service, Marquette, Mich.

Publication date: September 1, 1971

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