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How to Assess the Defect Status of a Stand

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The defect status of trees in a stand is a major factor affecting the value of trees. Understanding the cluster effect of tree defects allows rapid assessment of the defect status of trees in a stand. Some common tree defects that occur in clusters are: stem stubs, poorly closed stubs, canker rots, perennial cankers, basal cracks, root rots, bird pecks, sugar maple borer and ambrosia beetle injuries, defects in sprouts, and wounds made by logging, fire, and animals. The information is illustrated and should help you determine the quality of the wood in the stand, and the best treatment for the stand. North. J. Appl. For. 3:41-49, September 1984.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, P.O. Box 640, Durham, NH 03824

Publication date: 1984-09-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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