Regeneration after Clearcutting in the Southern Appalachians
Even-aged silviculture with its associated heavy harvest cutting has tremendous potential for regenerating upland hardwoods. However, evenaged silviculture must involve much more than a heavy harvest cut, for a heavy cut alone does not necessarily solve all of the problems of upland hardwood regeneration. In this paper a careful look is taken at a 46-acre tract of timberland 5 years after a complete clearcut. Although some questions as to the future of the area are unanswered, the tremendous growth rate and rapid stand development allow a preview of things to come.