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Large-Scale Silvicultural Experiments In Western Oregon and Washington

Young Stand Thinning and Diversity Study

Young Stand Thinning and Diversity Study MapInitial Installation Years: 1994-1996

Primary Objectives: Provide scientific information on the biological consequences of thinning. Provide agencies with experience in adaptive management which enhances both the creation of timber-related jobs and increased production and utilization of wood fiber.

Pre-treatment Conditions: 35- to 45-year-old, even-aged, Douglas-fir plantations.

Locations: Christy Flats (43.8857N, 122.3438W), Cougar Reservoir (44.1000N, 122.2500W), McKenzie Mill (44.1786N, 122.2708W), and Tumble Creek (43.8714N, 122.3333W).

Initial Treatments: Three thinning treatments and one unthinned control each replicated 1 time at 4 locations.

No Overstory Removal (Control)

Control (1a). No treatment. Provide baseline. Not thinned. Not planted. No woody debris or other initial treatments.

Light Overstory Removal

Light Thin, no gaps (2a). Timber production and wood quality. Thinned 100% of stand to 100110 tpa. Not planted. No woody debris or other initial treatments.
Light Thin, gaps (2b). Maximum horizontal and vertical heterogeneity. Patch-level approach to creating and enhancing the understory. Thinned 80% of stand to 100110 tpa. Cut 20% of stand to create 0.5-acre gaps one tree height in diameter (~80 ft at initial treatment). Gaps planted. No woody debris or other initial treatments.

Moderate Overstory Removal

None.

Heavy Overstory Removal

Heavy Thin (4a). Accelerate the development of late-successional habitat. Stand-level approach to creating and enhancing the understory. Thinned 100% of stand to 5055 tpa. Underplanted. No woody debris or other initial treatments.

Complete Overstory Removal (Clearcut)

None.

Response Variables: Over-, mid-, and understory vegetation; small mammals; birds; snags; woody debris; fungi; soils; social perceptions; wood production, operational factors; forest floor.

Study Plan: No formal study plan found, although several study plan-like files exist. On file with: P. Anderson, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis Forestry Sciences Laboratory, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331.

Website: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/ccem/yst/ystd.html and http://www.fsl.orst.edu/ccem/youngstd/home

(last accessed 2006-12-06)

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