Northern white cedar - regenerative?

Lucifer f94m at
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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