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Harvesting Method Affects Survival of Black Spruce Advance Growth

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Careful harvesting to preserve advance growth is an attractive regeneration option for many peatland black spruce stands. Success of this option depends on enough well-distributed trees surviving harvesting. This study examines the fate of black spruce advance growth following overstory harvesting by three methods. About 80% of the original advance growth stocking remained after winter harvesting, 70% after summer harvesting using wide-tired skidders, and 60% after summer harvesting using narrow-tired skidders. Mortality of advance growth occurred mainly during harvesting and in the first growing season after harvesting. North. J. Appl. For. 12(1):8-11.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Box 490, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Canada P6A 5M7

Publication date: 1995-03-01

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