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Preharvest Herbicide Control of Undesirable Vegetation in Southern Appalachian Hardwoods

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Four years after clearcutting in a study comparing preharvest herbicide treatment of undesirable and unmerchantable vegetation with postharvest felling (the conventional practice), the preharvest treatment (1) reduced the number of sprouts of undesirable species, (2) increased the proportion of desirable species in the dominant stand, and (3) increased the proportion of the desirable stems of seedling origin. Although the preharvest treatment was more expensive than postharvest felling in this study, the results suggest that a less costly, but equally effective preharvest herbicide treatment could be devised.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate forest ecologist, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Asheville, N. C.

Publication date: May 1, 1978

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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 Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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