Selective Harvesting at Sewanee
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Logging damage to residual trees left after a harvest in mixed upland hardwoods on the Cumberland Plateau in Sewanee, TN can be both common and extensive. The extent (frequency and severity) of such damage and an assessment of the seedlings that have established themselves on the site can enable foresters to understand what the site may produce in the future. This study was performed on the property of the University of the South at two different harvest sites - Compartment 10, a 50 acre tract that was logged in March, 2004, and Compartment 6, a 29 acre tract logged in March 2005. The forest structure survey showed Acer rubrum, Sassafras albidum, and Liriodendron tulipifera dominating the seedling class on both sites, meaning that the forest composition will likely be altered—the oak-hickory component does not seem to have established a new cohort. Also, the diameter-class distribution of the remaining trees showed more species in the 8-12 inch set of dbh-classes in Compartment 10 and a more even distribution in Compartment 6. Damage results showed major basal damage on 22% of residual trees on Compartment 10 and 17% of Compartment 6.
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