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Growing Space Management in Boreal Mixedwood Forests: 11-Year Results

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Managing boreal mixed stands of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) and white spruce (Picea glauca [Moench] Voss) is more likely to sustain a diversity of values and has the potential to increase productivity at both the site and landscape levels compared with pure broadleaf or conifer management. In this study, we examine growth of white spruce and aspen after 11 growing seasons over a range of aspen densities created by spot and broadcast treatment of broadleaves using manual and chemical means, aspen spacing, and an untreated control. Results indicate that survival and growth of both spruce and aspen were similar across the range of treatments. Spruce groundline diameter was greater, and height to groundline diameter ratio was lower, for the treatments in which aspen was chemically controlled or uniformly spaced compared with the control. Light measurements at the individual tree level suggested that increased light availability improved white spruce diameter growth. Spruce height growth did not vary by treatment. The status of these experimental mixedwoods was compared with current conifer and mixedwood regeneration evaluations, as well as the preharvest composition of the original stand. After 11 growing seasons, growth of aspen and white spruce indicated that opportunities exist to further modify aspen density to enhance treatment longevity and effectiveness to produce a greater range of boreal mixedwood stand types.

Keywords: aspen; light transmission; vegetation management; white spruce

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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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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