Limited salvage logging effects on forest regeneration after moderate-severity windthrow

  • Authors: Peterson, C.J.
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: Ecological Applications 18 (2): 407-420

Abstract

Recent conceptual advances address forest response to multiple disturbances within a brief time period, providing an ideal framework for examining the consequences of natural disturbances followed by anthropogenic management activities. The combination of two or more disturbances in a short period may produce ‘‘ecological surprises,’’ and models predict a threshold of cumulative disturbance severity above which forest composition will be drastically altered and regeneration may be impaired. Salvage logging (the harvesting of timber after natural disturbances; also called ‘‘salvaging’’ or ‘‘sanitary logging’’) is common, but there have been no tests of the manner in which salvaging after natural wind disturbance affects woody plant regeneration.

  • Citation: Peterson, C.J., Leach, A.D. 2008. Limited salvage logging effects on forest regeneration after moderate-severity windthrow. Ecological Applications 18 (2): 407-420.
  • Posted Date: October 20, 2009
  • Modified Date: November 2, 2009
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