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Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Huntingdon, PA-4D,4A
Re: The Forestry and Forest Information Thread
One of the biggest, if not the biggest, factors in what kind of regeneration you get after a timber harvest is what kind of regen you had before the cut even began. If someone clear-cuts an oak stand with no oak regeneration, there certainly won't be much oak regeneration after the cut, except for a few stump sprouts (which generally get hammered by the deer).
In a recent clear-cut, RX fire is a good tool to control competition, but again, no oak before the burn, not much after.
Am RX burn in an oak stand that has been LIGHTLY thinned, now you may have something. The seed producers are still present, and the fire is prepping the understory for better germinating conditions... It may take two or three fires to get these results, but it is possible.
Managing for certain tree species takes time in planning. If you just cut it and see what happens, you are taking a risk of getting less than desirable results.
There is no "X" in my bow!!