- Olson, Matthew
University of Maine
The long-term sustainability of forest productivity hinges on tree regeneration that will produce stands to meet future demands for wood fiber. The dynamic and complex nature of forests often complicates management objectives. Silviculture can provide a level of control over forest dynamics by limiting the number of possible responses through deliberate manipulation of stand structure and composition to match the regeneration requirements of desired tree species. This NSRC -funded project was based on data collected from a long-term, natural disturbance-based silviculture experiment on the Penobscot Experimental Forest in the Acadian forest of central Maine. NSRC scientists tested hypotheses on the response of tree regeneration across a range of spatial scales in mixed wood stands.