The Impact of Strip Roads on the Productivity of Spruce Plantations
AbstractStrip roads serve to enable silviculture operations, maintain biodiversity, and decrease damages to the soil and environment. At the same time, strip roads decrease the productive area. The aim of this study is to evaluate the influence of strip roads on the productivity of spruce plantations growing in different density regimes. Five trials, each of 0.234 ha area, with different density regimes and two replications in an experimental spruce plantation were used for this study. The permanent plots were established in the plantation of 15 years of age and were remeasured every 4–5 years over 24 years. Differences in tree growth between outer rows bordering strip roads and inner rows, 1.75 and 3.5 m from the strip road, were estimated using t statistics. The gross annual increment of trees in outer rows at age 39 years exceeded the increment of trees in inner rows by up to 60%–78%. Increase of productivity occurred primarily due to the more intensive diameter growth and higher density of trees in the outer rows. In general, the influence of strip roads on the total productivity of plantation depends on the ratio of the growth intensity of trees between outer and inner rows as well as ratio of the width of treed strips to the width of the strip road. View Full-Text
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Kuliešis, A.; Aleinikovas, M.; Linkevičius, E.; Kuliešis, A.A.; Saladis, J.; Škėma, M.; Šilinskas, B.; Beniušienė, L. The Impact of Strip Roads on the Productivity of Spruce Plantations. Forests 2018, 9, 640.
Kuliešis A, Aleinikovas M, Linkevičius E, Kuliešis AA, Saladis J, Škėma M, Šilinskas B, Beniušienė L. The Impact of Strip Roads on the Productivity of Spruce Plantations. Forests. 2018; 9(10):640.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kuliešis, Andrius; Aleinikovas, Marius; Linkevičius, Edgaras; Kuliešis, Andrius A.; Saladis, Jonas; Škėma, Mindaugas; Šilinskas, Benas; Beniušienė, Lina. 2018. "The Impact of Strip Roads on the Productivity of Spruce Plantations." Forests 9, no. 10: 640.
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