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Effects of Bigleaf Maple Sprout Clumps on Diameter and Height Growth of Douglas-Fir

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Diameter and height growth of 7- to 11-yr-old Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) were examined in relation to bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) competition. Growth models were developed for plantations in Oregon and Washington by joining a distance-dependent model with a model that excluded competition effects. The fitted equations were based on Douglas-fir size at plantation age 7 yr and distance from the stump and crown diameter of the bigleaf maple clump. The models suggest that bigleaf maple clumps between 5.7-14.6 m from planted Douglas-firs decrease the latter's dbh and height growth, and that this decrease becomes greater with increasing size of the clump. A procedure is suggested to use the models to guide vegetation management prescriptions on sites with bigleaf maple sprout clumps. West. J. Appl. For. 10(1):5-11.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Weyerhaeuser Company, Longview, WA 98632

Publication date: January 1, 1995

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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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