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Assessment of the Regeneration Potential of Red Oaks and Ash on Minor Bottoms of Mississippi

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Plots were established to monitor the success of advance regeneration for red oaks and ash on eight high quality sites on minor bottoms in Mississippi. Data were collected pre- and post-harvest, and annually for 3 yr following harvest. Red oak and ash stems were initially categorized by height class, or by diameter class for those stems at least 1 in. in diameter at breast height. Survival and competitive position were monitored to provide estimates of the probability of producing at least one free-to-grow stem 3 growing seasons following stand harvest. Regardless of species, the competitive advantage of larger seedlings and stump sprouts over smaller seedlings (less than 1 ft tall) was clear. Less than 10% of the smaller seedlings were free-to-grow after 3 growing seasons, whereas 26% to 71% of the larger seedlings and stump sprouts were judged free-to-grow after the same amount of time. Results were used to revise an existing regeneration assessment system. A field tally sheet was developed to aid in the application of the revised system. South. J. Appl: For. 23(3): 133-138.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, Stoneville, MS 38776

Publication date: 1999-08-01

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