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Ten-Year Growth Response of a California Red and White Fir Sawtimber Stand to Several Thinning Intensities

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A 100-year-old stand of California red fir (Abies magnifica) and California white fir (Abies concolor) of near normal density was commercially thinned from below to 6 basal area stand densities. Growth was analyzed after 10 years. Periodic annual increments (PAI) of diameter, height, total volume, and gross basal area were correlated with reserve stand basal area, but merchantable volume and net basal area were not. Mortality resulted in considerable variation in net PAI. As much as 50% of the stand basal area was removed with negligible loss in total net volume production. When economically feasible, commercial thinning in similar stands can leave a vigorous reserve with rapid growth potential. West. J. Appl. For. 3(2):41-43, April 1988.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Redding, CA 96001

Publication date: 1988-04-01

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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 Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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