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Clearcutting, Reforestation and Stand Development on Alaska's Tongass National Forest

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Abstract:

After large-scale clearcutting, natural reforestation has generally been adequate on most upland sites, but some problem situations have been identified. Clearcutting appears to be a sound silvicultural system where proper planning of size, shape and location of cutting units assures compatibility of timber cutting with use of other resources. Continued reliance on natural reforestation is anticipated, with increasing use of planting to supplement natural reforestation on difficult sites. Clearcutting is likely to continue as the predominant silvicultural system, but other systems may be useful in situations where clearcutting is incompatible with other resource values.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Silviculturist, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Juneau, Alaska

Publication date: June 1, 1974

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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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