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RMRS-RP-34: Stripcut-thinning of ponderosa pine stands: An Arizona case study


Ffolliott, Peter F.; Baker, Malchus, B., Jr. 2001. Stripcut-thinning of ponderosa pine stands: An Arizona case study. Res. Pap. RMRS-RP-34. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 7 p.

Growth and structural changes in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) stands were studied over a 25-year posttreatment period to determine the impacts of a combined stripcut-thinning treatment. Trees on one-third of a watershed in north-central Arizona had been removed in clear-cut strips. Trees in the "leave" strips were thinned. Number of trees, basal area, and volume growth have increased since the leave strips were thinned and will likely continue to increase as the residual trees increase in size. Integrity of these stands should be maintained in the future, although it might be necessary to plant ponderosa pine seedlings to reestablish a forest cover in the cut strips for timber production. A more likely scenario is to manage the watershed for other multiple-use values obtainable from ponderosa pine stands.

Keywords: stripcuts, thinning treatments, ponderosa pine, stand integrity, basal area


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Title: RMRS-RP-34: Stripcut-thinning of ponderosa pine stands: An Arizona case study
Electronic Publish Date: December 11, 2007
Last Update:
December 11, 2007

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