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Stem Biomass Growth of Four Plantation-Grown Conifer Species in Southwestern Wisconsin

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Red and white pine, European larch and Norway spruce were destructively harvested from 27-year-old plantations in southwestern Wisconsin and regression equations were developed to estimate stem biomass accumulation rates for the four species. Total stem biomass accumulation differed significantly (P < 0.05) among the four species and ranged from 51.8 tons/ac for Norway spruce to 75.1 tons/ac for European larch. Annual stem biomass increment also differed among the four species and was significantly greater (P < 0.001) in 1987 than 1988 for all four conifers. The large decrease in tree growth was attributed to the severe drought of 1988. North J. Appl. For. 8(1):26-28
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Natural Resources, State Office Bldg., La Crosse, WI 54601

Publication date: 1991-03-01

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