Canadian Forest Service Publications

Dynamique et estimation du rendement des strates de retour après coupe totale dans la sapinière à bouleau jaune. 2006. Dubois, J.; Ruel, J.C.; Elie, J.G.; Archambault, L. For. Chron. 82: : 675-689.

Year: 2006

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 26634

Language: French

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A total of 48 plots originating from clearcuts were studied in the balsam fir-yellow birch ecological domain of the province of Quebec, Canada, using dendrochronology. The aim of the study was to assess the effect of pre-cut stand type, structure and abundance of regeneration after logging, and soil type on stand dynamics. Results indicate a relationship between pre-cut stand type and the composition of second-growth stands. Ecological characteristics must be taken into account in order to estimate the abundance of advance regeneration and predict the evolution of stocking. Results also whow that the structure of regeneration, described by a diameter index, can help in predicting yield at age 38. Devastation by the spruce budworm played a major role in second-growth stand dynamics making it difficult to predict balsam fir yield. The study has also shown an increase in intolerant hardwoods and a low softwood production on rich sites. Black spruce stands came back to black spruce.