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An Intensive Cleaning of Mixed Hardwood Saplings--10-Year Results from the Southern Appalachians

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Ten years after an intensive cleaning in 11-year-old mixed hardwoods, the 21-year-old crop trees averaged 4.80 inches d.b.h. in cleaned compartments and 3.99 inches in uncleaned compartments. Cleaned crop trees produced 45.7 percent more diameter growth and 37.9 percent more basal-area growth than selected crop trees in uncleaned compartments. Between the 6th and 10th year after cleaning, however, the effect of cleaning on diameter growth dissipated.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Silviculturist, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Asheville, N. C.

Publication date: January 1, 1975

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