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Wind Damage around Clearcuts in the Ridge and Valley Province of Pennsylvania

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Wind damage in the predominantly mixed oak forest in the Ridge and Valley Province of Pennsylvania was surveyed in the proximity of 15 recent clearcuts. Of the 282 damaged trees surveyed, 81 percent were windthrown and 19 percent had broken boles. Damage primarily occurred along long, west-facing forest edges adjacent to the clearcuts. Damage was also high where large numbers of pine existed in the residual stand and in areas with poorly drained soil. From an economic viewpoint, however, wind damage does not seem to be serious in this province.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forest Hydrology, School of Forest Resources, Pennsylvania State University, University Park 16802

Publication date: March 1, 1983

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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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