Initial responses of woody vegetation, water quality, and soils to harvesting intensity in a Texas bottomland hardwood ecosystem

  • Published source details Messina M.G., Schoenholtz S.H., Lowe M.W., Wang Z., Gunter D.K. & Londo A.J. (1997) Initial responses of woody vegetation, water quality, and soils to harvesting intensity in a Texas bottomland hardwood ecosystem. Forest Ecology and Management, 90, 201-215.


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Use clearcutting to increase understory diversity

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Forest Conservation
  1. Use clearcutting to increase understory diversity

    A replicated, controlled, before-and-after study in 1992-1993 in bottomland hardwood forest in Texas, USA (Messina et al. 1997) found that clearcutting increased tree species diversity. Shannon's index of diversity for trees <4 cm DBH increased in clearcut plots (before: 2.21; after: 2.33), but remained similar in partial-cut (before: 2.30; after: 2.33) and control plots (before: 1.95; after: 1.98). In 1992, three treatment plots (8.1 ha): clearcut (all woody vegetation cut), partial-cut (50% of basal area cut) and control (uncut) were replicated in three blocks. Data were collected in 1993 in nine subplots (40 m2) in each plot.


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