Effect of shelterwood cutting method on forest regeneration and stand structure in a Hyrcanian forest ecosystem

  • Published source details Pourmajidian M.R., Jalilvand H., Fallah A., Hosseini S.A., Parsakhoo A., Vosoughian A. & Rahmani A. (2010) Effect of shelterwood cutting method on forest regeneration and stand structure in a Hyrcanian forest ecosystem. Journal of Forestry Research, 21, 265-272.


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  1. Use shelterwood harvesting

    A replicated, controlled study in 1986-2005 in Hyrcanian forest in Iran (Pourmajidian et al. 2010) found that shelterwood harvest increased the abundance of some herbaceous species, but not of trees. The frequency of four out of 17 herbaceous species was higher in shelterwood (16-27%) than unharvested plots (1-17%). The frequency of the other 13 species was similar between treatments (shelterwood: 1-20%; unharvested: 0-12%). Density (individuals/ha) of the dominant tree species oriental beech Fagus orientalis (shelterwood: 100; unharvested: 103), as well as of another six tree species (shelterwood: 0-8; unharvested: 0-9) was similar between treatments. Trees density was measured in 60 unharvested and 60 shelterwood (20-25% intensity in 1986 and 1991) treatment plots (100 m2). Herbaceous species were monitored in 1 m2 subplots within the plots. Data was collected in 2005.


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