- Benoit, Michele A.
University of Maine
Although the influence of natural disturbance on sugar maple regeneration has been studied, relatively little research has addressed the effects of harvesting operations on that regeneration. In this study, patterns of height growth of sugar maple seedlings 3 years after partial cutting were explored relative to degree and kind of site disturbance, and to specific environmental and vegetation factors (percent canopy cover, basal area, percent vegetative cover). This study also considered the relationship between the tallest, undamaged sugar maple seedling in a plot and the woody and herbaceous competitors in its immediate environment. Finally, the height growth of the tallest seedling was compared with patterns of height growth of other sugar maple seedlings in the same plot.