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Catalog of Long Term Research Conducted by the Northeastern Research Station

Catalog #10

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.
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.
Independent: parent phenotype (good, average, or poor).

Dependent: height growth, survival, d.b.h. Growth, stem form forking.

Total Height (m): 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1987.
Survival: 1973, 1977, 1982, 1987. 
Flowering: 1973.
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.
Studies of Ecosystem Processes 
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, WV.

Tom Schuler, USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 404, Parsons WV  26287. (304) 478-2000.
USDA Forest Service: Allegheny National Forest, Monongahela National Forest 



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