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Individual study: Does the shelterwood method to regenerate oak forests affect acorn production and predation?

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Bellocq M., Jones C., Dey D. & Turgeon J. (2005) Does the shelterwood method to regenerate oak forests affect acorn production and predation? Forest ecology and management, 205, 311-323


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Use shelterwood harvesting Forest Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in 1993-1997 in temperate mixed forest in Ontario, Canada (Bellocq et al. 2005) found no effect of shelterwood harvest on the acorn crop of red oak Quercus rubra. Acorn production (unharvested: 29,577; shelterwood: 28,697/plot) and the percentage of acorns damaged by insects (shelterwood: 44%; unharvested: 47%) were similar between treatments. Five shelterwood (trees cut to 50% crown cover) and five unharvested plots (60 m × 60 m) were established in 1993-1994. Acorns were sampled using one trap (1 × 1 m) per 120 m2 of crown cover (total of 86 traps) in August-November 1997.