A Shelterwood--Burn Technique for Regenerating Productive Upland Oak Sites in the Piedmont Region
Authors: Brose, Patrick H.; Van Lear, David H.; Keyser, Patrick D.
Source: Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, Volume 23, Number 3, 1 August 1999 , pp. 158-163(6)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:Regenerating oak stands on productive upland sites is widely recognized by foresters as a major problem in hardwood management. Recent research indicates that oak regeneration is more resistant to surface fires than its primary competitors on these sites if burning occurs 3 to 5 yr after a partial overstory harvest. This combination of cutting followed by fire (shelterwood-burn technique) mimics natural disturbances that have occurred in eastern North America for millennia and appears to be a viable approach to regenerating oaks on productive upland sites. This paper presents silvicultural guidelines for applying the shelterwood-burn technique on productive upland sites and discusses its benefits for private landowners and resource professionals. South. J. Appl. For. 16(3):158-163.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Westvaco Corporation, Rupert, WV 25984
Publication date: August 1, 1999
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