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Seedbed treatments influence seedling development in western larch forests

Author(s): Wyman C. Schmidt
Year Published: 1969

Studies in 12- to 15- year- old western larch stands at Coram Experimental Forest in northwestern Montana show that condition of the seedbed at the time of seedling establishment strongly influences seedling development. Larch regenerates abundantly, grows rapidly, and becomes dominant where prescribed burning or mechanical scarification has reduced the amount of competing vegetation. In contrast, Douglas- fir is less sensitive to seedbed conditions for both establishment and growth. With reduced competition from larch, it subsequently dominates stands where seedbeds had little or no preparation.

Citation: Schmidt, Wyman C. 1969. Seedbed treatments influence seedling development in western larch forests. Res. Note INT-93. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 7 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 13145
Record updated: Mar 22, 2018