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Observations of the Impact of Soil Scarification and Fire on Oak Accumulation on Shelterwood Sites

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Shelterwood harvest for oak (Quercus) regeneration is common but often fails as the stand converts to other species. Scarification and burning are sometimes promoted as potential ways to increase accumulation of oak regeneration. We measured oak shelterwood stands that had been (1) prescribed burned (five sites), (2) scarified (nine sites), or (3) neither scarified nor burned (three sites). Scarified or burned sites accumulated more oak seedlings and greater aggregate height of seedlings than control sites. Scarification or burning may be effective ways to increase oak reproduction in shelterwood harvests in Wisconsin.

Keywords: Quercus; prescribed fire; regeneration; seedling; site preparation

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2013-06-01

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