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Canopy gap dynamics of second-growth red spruce-northern hardwood stands in West Virginia

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Rentch, James S.; Schuler, Thomas M.; Nowacki, Gregory J.; Beane, Nathan R.; Ford, W. Mark

Year Published

2010

Publication

Forest Ecology and Management. 260: 1921-1929.

Abstract

Forest restoration requires an understanding of the natural disturbance regime of the target community and estimates of the historic range of variability of ecosystem components (composition, structure, and disturbance processes). Management prescriptions that support specific restoration activities should be consistent with these parameters. In this study, we describe gap-phase dynamics of even-aged, second-growth red spruce-northern hardwood stands in West Virginia that have been significantly degraded following early Twentieth Century harvesting and wildfire.

Keywords

forest restoration; stand dynamics; disturbance regime; canopy turnover rate; Allegheny Mountains

Citation

Rentch, James S.; Schuler, Thomas M.; Nowacki, Gregory J.; Beane, Nathan R.; Ford, W. Mark. 2010. Canopy gap dynamics of second-growth red spruce-northern hardwood stands in West Virginia. Forest Ecology and Management. 260: 1921-1929. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2010.08.043.

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