Natural Regeneration After Harvesting

Authored by: Nelson Thiffault , Lluís Coll , Douglass F. Jacobs

Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415735452
eBook ISBN: 9781315818290
Adobe ISBN: 9781317816447

10.4324/9781315818290.ch26

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Abstract

Natural regeneration of forest stands refers to the replacement of mature individual trees that have died or have been removed, by recruits of sexual or vegetative origin, many of which will eventually form the new canopy. Disturbances, either natural or anthropogenic, are events that modify elements of the stand structure and affect resources availability by killing (or removing) vegetation and releasing growing space that becomes available for other plants and individuals to occupy (Oliver and Larson 1996). Depending on their severity, frequency, spatial pattern and duration, disturbances associated with harvesting interact with the stand characteristics to influence the ecological niches that become available for new individuals. Thus, the natural regeneration of forest stands is intimately linked with the disturbances affecting the stands.

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