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Five Years of Vegetation Succession Following Vegetation Management Treatments in a Jack Pine Ecosystem

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Five years of data on vegetation dynamics and succession are provided for six operational release treatments applied to three 2- to 4-yr-old jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.) plantations in central Ontario. Treatments included 3 yr of annual noncrop vegetation removal, conventional aerial spray with glyphosate (1.42 kg ae/ha), ground application of glyphosate with a mist blower, basal-bark application of triclopyr, motor-manual cutting (brush saw), and no treatment. Conventional aerial spraying and annual removal resulted in the greatest jack pine crop growth, with trees exceeding 90% crown closure, 7 cm in groundline diameter, and 3 m in height (stem volume index = 5.1 dm3) after 5 growing seasons. The cover of herbaceous plants was highest (30–50%) in the aerial spray plots during the observation period. Deciduous tree, shrub, and fern species remained well represented on these plots, although total cover and height were low (≤ 35% and 1 m, respectively). Mist-blower and brush-saw plots contained mid-sized pine (3.5 dm3) with 69% crown closure. In contrast, untreated and basal-bark plots contained the smallest pine (2.3 dm3 and 31% crown closure), likely caused by heavy competition and herbicide damage, respectively. On mist-blower and basal-bark plots, good height growth was observed on untreated deciduous trees; low-shrub and fern cover remained high (46 and 30%, respectively); and herbaceous cover increased gradually to 22%. On brush-saw plots, recovery of woody cover was rapid, but height growth was relatively slow. Deciduous trees and tall shrubs dominated untreated sites (> 70% cover) by the end of the fifth growing season. Successional trends suggest that aerial spray and annual removal treatments will produce pure jack pine stands at maturity; mist blower, basal bark, and brush-saw treatments may produce mixedwood stands; and untreated plots will likely be dominated by hardwoods. North. J. Appl. For. 17(3):100–109.
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Affiliations: 1: Canadian Forest Service, 1219 Queen St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, P6A 5M7, Phone: (705) 949-9461, Fax: (705) 759-5700 2: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Southcentral Sciences Section, 3301 Trout Lake Rd., North Bay, Ontario, P1A 4L7 3: Domtar Inc., Forest Resources, 1 Station Rd., Espanola, Ontario, P5E 1R6 4: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Forest Research Institute, 1235 Queen St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6A 5N5

Publication date: 2000-03-01

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