Treatments for Improving Degraded Hardwood Stands

Popular sentiment is that the small trees in the lower canopy when released will become the large trees of tomorrow. The largest and best trees are repeatedly harvested leaving the smaller, inferior trees to perpetuate the next stand. In reality, the trees being released are probably of similar age as those being cut. These released trees are incapable of continued growth with their small, spindly crowns. The consequence of removing only highly valued trees with each harvest is a hardwood resource with ever lower levels of economically valuable trees.

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