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Ames Forester

Abstract

Reforestation of cutover lands and disturbed sites such as mine spoils promises to be one of the major challenges facing the professional forester in the 1980' s. Forest management practices will continue to become more intensive as the demand for timber products increases while the base of forest land decreases. Forest rotations will become shorter, more material on the site will be utilized at harvest time and more genetically improved stock will be used to reforest the harvested sites. These practices have the twofold impact of potentially decreasing the natural fertility of the site while at the same time demanding more from the site by the use of high quality planting stock. Any management scheme will, therefore, be faced with the problem of incresing yields on sites that are becoming more adverse to high yield forestry.

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