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Intensive group selection silviculture in central hardwoods

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Minckler, Leon S.

Year Published

1989

Publication

In: Rink, George; Budelsky, Carl A., eds. Proceedings of the 7th central hardwood conference; 1989 March 5-8; Carbondale, IL. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-132. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station: 35-39.

Abstract

In 1947 conferences of Forest Service research people from Federal, Regional, and Research Center units met in Southern Illinois to set up in 1948 a whole rotation study on the Kaskaskia Experimental Forest involving 38 commercial compartments. The chief objectives were to evaluate the success, ability for sustained silviculture, and the costs and returns for a full sawtimber rotation for different silviculture systems. The uneven-aged systems included intensivegroup selection silviculture as a major component. This paper is confined to regeneration and stand growth on uneven-aged compartments with combined treatments of group selection, improvement cutting, and killing of cull trees. Active commercial cutting continued for 20 years after which the study was terminated in 1968. Photographs were taken in 1988 of the stands undisturbed since 1968. The treatments were successful in terms of regeneration in openings, stand quality, stocking, and net growth while maintaining a continuous and diversified forest cover.

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Minckler, Leon S. 1989. Intensive group selection silviculture in central hardwoods. In: Rink, George; Budelsky, Carl A., eds. Proceedings of the 7th central hardwood conference; 1989 March 5-8; Carbondale, IL. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-132. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station: 35-39.

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