The role of stand history in assessing forest impacts

Environmental Management
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Air pollution, harvesting practices, and natural disturbances can affect the growth of trees and forest development. To make predictions about anthropogenic impacts on forests, we need to understand how these factors affect tree growth. In this study the effect of disturbance history on tree growth and stand structure was examined by using a computer model of forest development. The model was run under the climatic conditions of east Tennessee, USA, and the results compared to stand structure and tree growth data from a yellow poplar-white oak forest. Basal area growth and forest biomass were more accurately projected when rough approximations of the thinning and fire history typical of the measured plots were included in the simulation model. Stand history can influence tree growth rates and forest structure and should be included in any attempt to assess forest impacts.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The role of stand history in assessing forest impacts
Series title Environmental Management
DOI 10.1007/BF01867163
Volume 11
Issue 3
Year Published 1987
Language English
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center
Description p. 351-357
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Environmental Management
First page 351
Last page 357