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The remarkable story of the partial cutting study at the Dukes Experimental Forest

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2013

Publication

In: Camp, Ann E.; Irland, Lloyd C.; Carroll, Charles J.W. Long-term silvicultural and ecological studies. Results for science and management. Vol. 2. GISF Res. Pap. 013. New Haven, CT: Yale University, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry: 116-125.

Abstract

This paper describes our recent and successful efforts to reopen the pioneering U.S. Forest Service "Partial Cutting Study" on the Dukes Experimental Forest in Michigan. This experiment in northern hardwood silviculture was initiated in 1926 and closed in 1966. Although the research conducted there informed the use of uneven-aged silviculture throughout the northern hardwood forest, no one had measured or monumented the plots in more than 40 years. The only clues to plot locations were typewritten memos and hand-drawn schematics in files dispersed across three states. Yet, the Partial Cutting Study remains one of the most influential studies of northern hardwood silviculture in the U.S. and adjacent Canada, and remeasurement of the sample plots is warranted.

Citation

Kenefic, Laura S.; Kern, Christel C. 2013. The remarkable story of the partial cutting study at the Dukes Experimental Forest. In: Camp, Ann E.; Irland, Lloyd C.; Carroll, Charles J.W. Long-term silvicultural and ecological studies. Results for science and management. Vol. 2. GISF Res. Pap. 013. New Haven, CT: Yale University, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry: 116-125.

Last updated on: June 20, 2013