The effects of harvest-created gaps on plant species diversity, composition, and abundance in a Maine oak–pine forest

  • Published source details Schumann M.E., White A.S. & Witham J.W. (2003) The effects of harvest-created gaps on plant species diversity, composition, and abundance in a Maine oak–pine forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 176, 543-561.


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Use group-selection harvesting

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  1. Use group-selection harvesting

    A replicated, controlled study in oak–pine Quercus–Pinus forest in Maine, USA (Schumann, White & Witham 2003) found no effect of group selection harvesting on species richness and diversity of understory vegetation. Numbers of species/1 m2 (group-selection: 18-34; uncut: 18-25) and diversity (Shannon's index group-selection: 1.7-2.2; uncut: 1.9-2.1) were similar between treatments. Data were collected in 1998 in 40 pairs of group-selection (36-3,393 m2 gaps harvested in 1987-1988) and uncut sites inside a 40 ha study area. Equal number (proportional to the gap size) of 1 m2 plots were monitored in each pair.


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