Rehabilitating Degraded Hardwood Stands on a Bottomland Terrace Site with Overstory Removal and Oak Enrichment Planting: 14-Year Results

Matthew G. Olson, Shaik Hossain, Kyle Cunningham, Matthew H. Pelkki, Chris Stuhlinger
2018 Open Journal of Forestry  
Exploitative harvesting can lower stand quality in the short term and diminish forest productivity over the long term. In 2003, a rehabilitation experiment was installed in a southern hardwood stand on a bottomland terrace site, degraded by periodic exploitative cutting, to test the effectiveness of overstory removal and oak enrichment planting for improving stand quality and composition. Overstory removal treatments included clearcutting, stand improvement partial cutting, and an uncut
more » ... nd an uncut control. Overstory treatment units
doi:10.4236/ojf.2018.84029 fatcat:p62iz7bhwzesjp3s5ba43k6tta