Defining stands: A key to effective hardwood silviculture

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A forest must be divided into stands to prescribe silvicultural effectively. A stand is the basic unit of silviculture. They are areas of the forest that have similar forest composition, soils, and topography. Once stands are properly delineated, only then can prescriptions be developed to meet the needs of each stand. There are factors to consider when delineating stands in hardwood forests: soil characteristics, topography, species composition of the overstory, under story, and midstory, presence of advance regeneration, size and age of overstory, and timber quality and value. All of the other variables are biological and relate to the character of the trees and forest.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationForest Landowner
StatePublished - Mar 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science


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