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Maintaining Species Diversity in the Central Appalachians

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Maintaining species diversity is the key to sustaining production of desired benefits in central Appalachian forest. Long-term research indicates that traditional uneven-aged silviculture based on single-tree selection eventually reduces the abundance of certain species, but desirable species composition can be maintained in two-aged stands or in uneven-aged stands where sizable canopy openings are created. In both situations, silvicultural treatments are needed to prepare for desirable reproduction before harvest operations. The increased application of two-aged systems in the central Appalachians is an example of how silvicultural strategies can evolve in response to emerging management goals.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, Northeastern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, PO Box 404, Parsons, WV 26287

Publication date: July 1, 1998

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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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