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Effects of Soil Disturbance on Hayscented Fern Establishment

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A survey conducted in a central Pennsylvania mixed oak stand revealed that hayscented fern reproduced from spores (sexual reproduction) following timber harvesting. Establishment occurred most frequently where the soil had been disturbed by log skidding. Sexually reproduced ferns occurred more frequently where skidding on wet soil during the spring resulted in a high degree of soil disturbance compared with skidding on the same soil during the summer when it was drier. Reduction of logging-related soil disturbance by restriction of skidding on wet soils can decrease the number of microsites favorable for fern development and control the establishment of hayscented fern from spores. North. J. Appl. For. 9(1):29-31.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

Publication date: March 1, 1992

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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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