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Growth and Volume of Emory Oak Coppice 10 Years After Thinning: A Case Study in Southeastern Arizona

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Effects of stump diameter and thinning treatments at different ages of Emory oak (Quercus emoryi) coppice (stump-sprouts) are described in terms of growth and volume of the stump-sprouts 10 yr after the thinning treatments were applied. Growth and volume of the residual stump sprouts depend largely on the number of sprouts left after thinning; the effects of stump diameter were inconsistent. Harvesting cycles for fuelwood and other wood products obtained from stump-sprouts can be shortened through coppice thinning. Structural diversity following earlier harvesting and future wood production in oak woodlands dominated by Emory oak are “optimized” by retaining three stump-sprouts after thinning. West. J. Appl. For. 18(2):77–80.
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Keywords: Emory oak; coppice; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; growth; natural resource management; natural resources; stump-sprouts; thinning; volume

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: School of Renewable Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 85721, 2: Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Phoenix, AZ, 85006,

Publication date: 2003-04-01

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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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