Growth Responses of Tanoak Sprout Clumps to Thinning
At two sites in southwestern Oregon, stands of tanoak (Lithocarpus densiflorus) were thinned in the second year after sprouting (1983) to create relative covers of 25, 50, or 100% of that for unthinned stands. At one site, relative covers were replicated with and without suppression of understory vegetation. Height, crown width and dominant-stem diameter were measured annually on each of 135 sprout clumps of tanoak from 1983-1988. Reductions in relative cover caused a proportionate increase in mean relative growth rate (RGR) of tanoak; however, the effect of understory suppression was not consistent. Increases in RGR of individual clumps from thinning were considerably greater for crown width (73% and 43% for large and small clumps, respectively) than for height (28% and 22%). Predicted crown width of tanoak 6 yr after thinning and understory suppression was up to 46% greater than that of clumps in untreated stands. West. J. Appl. For. 9(4):101-105.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
Publication date: 1994-10-01
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