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Increasing the Impact of Bottomland Hardwood Afforestation

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Since the early 1990s, restoration of bottomland forests via afforestation of formerly agricultural lands has represented a large investment of effort among professional foresters in the Mississippi River watershed. A combination of planted seedlings, direct seeding, and volunteer-origin trees have been used to stock stands, but with inconsistent results. Based on observations of early afforestation efforts and empirical research, strategies are presented to more effectively achieve restoration objectives through a combination of improved planning and intensive silviculture.

Keywords: Quercus spp; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forest stand development; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; tree planting; vegetation management; wetlands restoration

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor Department of Forestry Southern Illinois University Mailcode 4411 Carbondale IL 62901, Email:

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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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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