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Effect of cleaning methods in mixed pine-deciduous stands on moose damage to Scots pines in southern Finland

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Abstract:

The effect of different cleaning treatments on moose (Alces alces L.) damage to Scots pines (Pinus sylvestris L.) was examined using a generalized linear mixed model (GLMM) with a binomial response (logit-link function). The treatments were the following: no cleaning, point-cleaning of broadleaves (mainly birch, Betula pendula Roth and B. pubescens Ehrh.) within a radius of 1 m from the pine, point-cleaning delayed 2 years, topping of competing broadleaves (main stem cut at a height of 1.3 m) and total cleaning of broadleaves. A randomized complete block design with three replicates was established in three planted pine stands (mean height of pines 1.5 m). Measurements taken four growing seasons later (mean height of pines 3.5 m) showed that all cleaning treatments reduced moose damage, although the difference was not significant (p=0.078) in the case of topping. The proportion of damaged pines was predicted as a function of the characteristics of pines and broadleaves in two untreated, planted pine stands with a height of 3 m. Within these untreated stands the number of damaged pines increased in plots with a higher number of broadleaves and taller broadleaves. In conclusion, the results show that on relatively fertile growing sites of pine cleaning treatments reduced moose damage on pine. It is recommended that cleaning is performed before broadleaved trees occur as overgrowth above pines.

Keywords: Alces alces; Pinus sylvestris; cleaning; damage; generalized linear mixed model; moose

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02827580802491371

Affiliations: 1: Finnish Forest Research Institute, Joensuu Research Unit, Joensuu, Finland 2: Finnish Forest Research Institute, Suonenjoki Research Unit, Suonenjoki, Finland

Publication date: 2008-12-01

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