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Coupe préparatoire et croissance en surface terrière d'une sapinière de seconde venue à la forêt modèle du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Québec. 2001. Zarnovican, R.; Lussier, J.M.; Laberge, C. Forestry Chronicle 77(4) : 685-695.

Year: 2001

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 18851

Language: French

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Abstract

Balsam fir basal area growth was studied 5 years after the preparatory cut in the context of natural regeneration by the shelterwood system. The study was carried out in a 60-year-old second-growth balsam fir-yellow birch stand. The felling trials were realized in 16 plots and consisted of control and three felling regimes (14, 30 and 45% of removed basal area). The periodic (5 years) mean growth rate on dbh of trees in plots varies between 6 and 12% in response to felling intensity. The basal area of plots presents a mean periodic growth rate of 7.4% independently of felling intensity. There are highly significant correlations between the live crown characateristics and periodic basal area growth. This growth is highly correlated with initial diameter and intensity of felling. The trees of higher relative size are more productive than the others and the impact of felling on periodic basal area growth is significant when the intensity of felling is greater than 30%. Conversely, the ratio between periodic basal area growth after treatment and periodic basal area growth before treatment is correlated only with the intensity of felling. Finally, intensity of felling had no effect on periodic basal area growth per square meter of crown projected area.