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Forests 2014, 5(12), 3344-3351; doi:10.3390/f5123344

Facilitating Oak and Hickory Regeneration in Mature Central Hardwood Forests

Department of Forestry, Southern Illinois University, 1205 Lincoln Drive MC 4411, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
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Received: 26 November 2014 / Revised: 10 December 2014 / Accepted: 15 December 2014 / Published: 19 December 2014
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Abstract

Advanced oak and hickory regeneration is often absent in mature oak-hickory forests in the Central Hardwood Region of the United States. Prescribed fire and thinning, alone and combined, are commonly prescribed silvicultural treatments that are recommended to initiate the regeneration process. This study examined the regeneration response in three mature oak stands following four treatments: (1) thin, (2) burn, (3) thinning and burning, or (4) no treatment (control). Ten years after initial treatment, results indicate that oak and hickory seedlings had greater height and diameter in the thinning and burning treatment compared to the control and that this treatment may help facilitate desirable regeneration in mature oak-hickory forests. View Full-Text
Keywords: Quercus; Carya; prescribed fire; timber stand improvement Quercus; Carya; prescribed fire; timber stand improvement
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Holzmueller, E.J.; Groninger, J.W.; Ruffner, C.M. Facilitating Oak and Hickory Regeneration in Mature Central Hardwood Forests. Forests 2014, 5, 3344-3351.

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