Do Stocking Guides in the Eastern United States Relate to Stand Growth?
Author: Leak, William B.
Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 79, Number 10, 1 October 1981 , pp. 661-664(4)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract: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
Publication date: 1981-10-01
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