Study

Evaluating partial cutting in broadleaved temperate forest under strong experimental control: short-term effects on herbaceous plants

  • Published source details Götmark F., Paltto H., Nordén B. & Götmark E. (2005) Evaluating partial cutting in broadleaved temperate forest under strong experimental control: short-term effects on herbaceous plants. Forest Ecology and Management, 214, 124-141

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Thin trees within forests: effects on understory plants

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Forest Conservation
  1. Thin trees within forests: effects on understory plants

    A replicated, controlled, before-and-after study in 2000-2003 in temperate broadleaf forest in Sweden (Götmark et al. 2005) found that thinning trees increased species richness of herbaceous species.  The increase in herbaceous species richness was higher in thinned (18.3%) than in unthinned plots (1.2%). Average numbers of species/25 m2 section was 13-27 before vs 14-29 after treatment in thinned plots, and 13-28 before vs 13-26 after treatment in unthinned plots. Thinned (25-30% of basal area cut) and unthinned treatments were applied to six pairs of 1 ha plots in winter 2002-2003. Data were collected before (2001-2002) and after treatment (summer 2003) in eight sections (25 × 1 m) within each plot.

     

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