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Do Stocking Guides in the Eastern United States Relate to Stand Growth?

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Primarily on the basis of growing-space requirements, guidelines on maximum and residual stocking of even-aged stands have been developed for many eastern forest types. Comparisons of stocking guides with growth information for northern hardwoods, eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.), and upland oaks indicate that stand growth of hardwoods peaks at densities up to 20 square feet below the recommended residual basal area while growth of pine is best at densities well above the recommended residual basal area. Stocking concepts based on crown dimensions or growing space need reevaluation, and practical stocking recommendations should be checked against actual response data.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Silviculturist with the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Durham, New Hampshire

Publication date: October 1, 1981

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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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