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Development of methods for the restoration of the American elm in forested landscapes

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2013

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In: Sniezko, Richard A.; Yanchuk, Alvin D.; Kliejunas, John T.; Palmieri, Katharine M.; Alexander, Janice M.; Frankel, Susan J., tech. coords. Proceedings of the fourth international workshop on the genetics of host-parasite interactions in forestry: Disease and insect resistance in forest trees. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-240. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. pp. 337-341

Abstract

A project was initiated in 2003 to establish test sites to develop methods to reintroduce the American elm (Ulmus americana L.) in forested landscapes. American elm tree strains with high levels of tolerance to Dutch elm disease (DED) were established in areas where the trees can naturally regenerate and spread. The process of regeneration will allow the American elm to co-evolve with the DED fungal pathogen to ensure this valuable tree species will not be lost from the landscape. This effort in Ohio is being carried out in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry, Franklin County Metro Parks, Worthington City Parks, and The Wilds. The project was expanded in 2005 by establishment of restoration sites in Iowa; Wisconsin; and Minnesota in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Northern Area State and Private Forestry; Luther College, Iowa; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Minnesota. In 2007, a site was established at Dago Slough near Cassville, Wisconsin in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, and a test planting was established at the Bad River Indian Reservation in Wisconsin to assess tree cold hardiness. The restoration effort was expanded in 2010 in partnership with The Nature Conservancy through establishment of three sites in Vermont. To date, 12 American elm restoration test sites have been established in five states.

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Slavicek, James M. 2013. Development of methods for the restoration of the American elm in forested landscapes . In: Sniezko, Richard A.; Yanchuk, Alvin D.; Kliejunas, John T.; Palmieri, Katharine M.; Alexander, Janice M.; Frankel, Susan J., tech. coords. Proceedings of the fourth international workshop on the genetics of host-parasite interactions in forestry: Disease and insect resistance in forest trees. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-240. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. pp. 337-341.

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