"Selective Cutting" in Douglas-Fir: History Revisited

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In the 1930s 'selective cutting' was practiced in old-growth Douglas-fir; in the 1950s the experiment was pronounced a failure. In fact, the original concept was not an individual tree selection system; it called for regeneration in small clearcut patches and resembled some current proposals. Flexible application might well have been successful, but as it was practiced, removals were limited to large Douglas-fir, very old stands deteriorated after disturbance, and small openings did not allow Douglas-fir regeneration. As a result, partial cutting trials came to an abrupt end, and the consequent lack of research into alternatives to clearcutting severely handicaps current efforts to meet changing objectives and public concerns.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Emeritus Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 3625 93rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512-9193

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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