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Biomass and Cordwood Production of Red Maple Stands in Rhode Island

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Biomass and cordwood production were determined for two seed-origin and two sprout-origin even-aged red maple (Acer rubrum) stands. Mean annual biomass production for the seed-origin stands was 1,914 kg/ha for a 26-year-old stand and 3,218 kg/ha for a 55-year-old stand. For sprout stands, production was 3,318 kg/ha for a 32-year-old stand and 2,525 kg/ha for a 46-year-old stand, suggesting that an optimum rotation age occurs prior to age 46. The oldest seed-origin stand (age 55) had produced the most cord-wood (105.2 cords/ha). Production for the 46-year-old sprout stand was 50 cords/ha.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston

Publication date: 1985-11-01

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