of Long Term Research Conducted by the Northeastern Research Station
Black Cherry Progeny Test
#624 Buzzard Ridge
||To compare survival, height growth, d.b.h. growth, and other
stem characteristics of half-sib black cherry seedlings originating
from "good", "average", and "poor" phenotypes.
||expected to continue
||Monongahelia National Forest, Marlinton District near Marlinton,
WV in Webster County. N80deg 7min 0sec by W38deg 22min 0sec.
The Buzzard Ridge area was clear-cut in 1966 and contains approximately
1.6 acres (190' X 360'). During the summer of 1970, the area
was sprayed with 2,4,5-T to reduce competition. An 8' high deer
fence was erected around the area in the spring of 1969.
Site once supported 120-year old northern hardwood stand mixed
with some red spruce.
||Randomized complete block; Each black cherry family is represented
by a single-tree plot in ea. of 15 blocks.
|Likelihood of Locating Study Areas:
||Seeds were planted in a spacing of 10' by 10': 1971.
Release survival seedlings by way of hand mowing: 1978.
Arasan was sprayed on seedling stems to control mice and other
rodents and for corrective pruning: 1977.
||Seeds were originally collected from "good", "average", and
"poor" phenotypes for black cherry in the Allegheny National
Forest and Monongahela National Forest.
|Variables and Sampling Frequency:
||Independent: parent phenotype (good, average, or poor).
Dependent: height growth, survival, d.b.h. Growth, stem form
Total Height (m): 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1987.
Survival: 1973, 1977, 1982, 1987.
Height to Stem Fork (decimeters): 1973, 1976, 1977.
Height to Stem Fork (meters): 1982.
Diameter at Breast Height: 1976, 1977, 1982, 1987.
Insect Damage: 1977.
Animal and Mechanical damage: 1977, 1982, 1987.
Remeasurements were made every 5 years after 1987 for Total
Height, Height to Stem Fork, d.b.h. survival, insect damage,
animal and mechanical damage.
||Data are visually compared to previously collected data. Accuracy
assessments are completed after each data-collection period.
Permanent employee continually supervises temporary employees.
||Raw: stand structure and grade, species, d.b.h., and number
of stems available on DG.
Species, d.b.h., and number of stems are in hardcopy. Data are
downloaded to PCs for analyses.
|Global Change Research Applications:
||Studies of Ecosystem Processes
|Publications and Reports:
||John Pitcher. 1971. Michigan State University. Ph.D. thesis:
Parental and family selection in Prunus Serotina. EHRH.
Study plan. 1979. C. W. Wendell.
Establishment report: 1971, Donald E. Dorn.
Progress report: March 1983.
The above are office reports of U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Parsons,
||Tom Schuler, USDA Forest Service, P.O.
Box 404, Parsons WV 26287. (304) 478-2000.
||USDA Forest Service: Allegheny National Forest, Monongahela