Northern white cedar - regenerative?

Lucifer f94m at unb.ca
Fri Oct 17 19:01:13 EST 1997


Paul Morgan wrote:
> 
>  I've got a couple of acres of almost pure NWC that is too dense and has
> pretty much stopped growing.  In the next few years, I hope to get a
> woodmizer and then half the basal area in the grove.
> What I am wondering about is the supposed regenerative powers of NWC.  It
> looks like the grove was cut (possibly clearcut) about 75 years ago as
> almost all of the stems look like they have suckered off of old stumps.  The
> problem is, that the few that I have cut (and the ones cut by someone else
> in a timber theft case) have not shown any signs of suckering whatever.
> There are also no seedlings in the grove although there are plenty around
> the outside edges of the grove where the woods is 50/50 hardwood/softwood.
> 
> My suspicion is that the lack of seedlings and suckers is probably due to
> the lack of light from the very dense canopy.  If this is so, is the best
> way to manage NWC to clearcut it to trigger regeneration?  (Not my favorite
> form of harvesting...)
> 
> Paul
NOt sure but if you can get your hands on "Silvics of North America",
usually it can tell you about regenerative properties of species.
-- 
The strangeness of my actions are porprotional 
to the 'normality' surrounding me.



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