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Managing ash in farm woodlots: some suggested prescriptions

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Williams, Peter A.; Schwan, Terry D.

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2013

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In: Miller, Gary W.; Schuler, Thomas M.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Brooks, John R.; Grushecky, Shawn T.; Spong, Ben D.; Rentch, James S., eds. Proceedings, 18th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2012 March 26-28; Morgantown, WV; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-117. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 208-218.

Abstract

Ash (Fraxinus sp.) is an important component of upland sites and is dominant in lowland sites in Southwestern Ontario. While information on emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) (EAB) and its signs and symptoms is readily available, there is little on management options that consider EAB affects. This paper was developed from a woodlot tour designed to transfer knowledge to farmers of good forestry and stewardship practices for managing ash. Three generic strategies for certain stand types and four site-specific prescriptions for woodlots in anticipation of EAB infestation are presented. The generic strategies can be considered when developing a prescription for ash-dominant lowlands. They apply to stands infested with EAB and where EAB is expected in 5 to 10 years, or 10 years or more. The site-specific prescriptions are examples that describe applicable issues, strategies, and objectives in more detail. The proportion and size distribution of ash and the number of years anticipated before infestation are important considerations in optimizing ash growth and value and mitigating the impact of EAB on forest structure, value and function. If EAB infestation is expected in 10 years or more, three or four stand entries may be possible to influence the future forest.

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Williams, Peter A.; Schwan, Terry D. 2013. Managing ash in farm woodlots: some suggested prescriptions. In: Miller, Gary W.; Schuler, Thomas M.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Brooks, John R.; Grushecky, Shawn T.; Spong, Ben D.; Rentch, James S., eds. Proceedings, 18th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2012 March 26-28; Morgantown, WV; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-117. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 208-218.

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