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"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.
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Document Type: Journal Article

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

Publication date: 01 July 1998

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