Beyond reduced-impact logging: silvicultural treatments to increase growth rates of tropical trees

  • Published source details Peña-Claros M., Fredericksen T.S., Alarcón A., Blate G., Choque U., Leaño C., Licona J., Mostacedo B., Pariona W. & Villegas Z. (2008) Beyond reduced-impact logging: silvicultural treatments to increase growth rates of tropical trees. Forest Ecology and Management, 256, 1458-1467


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Log/remove trees within forests: effects on mature trees

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  1. Log/remove trees within forests: effects on mature trees

    A replicated, randomized, controlled study in 2001-2006 in tropical moist forest in Bolivia (Peña-Claros et al. 2009) found that increased logging and silvicultural treatment intensity increased tree growth rate. Tree annual growth rate increased from unlogged (0.32 cm) to normal logging (0.38 cm) to light silviculture (0.42 cm) to intensive silviculture (0.48 cm) treatments. Four treatment plots (27 ha) were randomly established in each of three blocks in 2001-2002: unlogged; normal-logging (regular local logging technics); light silviculture (normal-logging with additional application of low-intensity silvicultural treatments) and intensive silviculture (logged at twice the intensity of the normal-logging treatment with application of intensive silvicultural treatments). Data were collected for four years after treatment.


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