Silvicultural Systems in Western Larch Forests

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Western larch (Larix occidental is Nutt.), one of the most valuable and attractive species in the northern Rocky Mountains, grows in association with most native conifers in this region. Larch is extremely intolerant of shade and requires nearly full sunlight and well distributed and exposed mineral soil for good seedling establishment and growth. Because of these silvical requirements, larch stands are usually harvested and regenerated by clearcutting, seed tree, or shelterwood systems. Seedbed preparation is normally accomplished by scarification or prescribed burning. However, due to multiple use considerations, these silvicultural practices should be modified on some areas. This paper discusses some of the effects of various silvicultural systems in western larch stands.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Staff of the Intermtn. Forest and Range Exp. Sta., U.S. Forest Serv., Ogden, Utah, stationed in Missoula, Mont., Forestry Sci. Lab., maintained in cooperation with the Univ. of Montana

Publication date: October 1, 1971

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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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