Comment on “Long-term decline of sugar maple following forest harvest, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire”

TitleComment on “Long-term decline of sugar maple following forest harvest, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire”
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBailey, SW, Long, RP, Horsley, SB
JournalCanadian Journal of Forest Research
Date Published2018/10/16/
ISBN Number0045-5067
Abstract

Cleavitt et al. (2018) report a lack of sugar maple regeneration in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF), Watershed 5 (W5) following whole-tree clear-cut harvesting and purport that harvesting-induced soil calcium depletion contributed to regeneration failure of this species. In New England, clear-cutting is a silvicultural strategy used to promote less tolerant species, especially birch (Marquis 1969; Leak et al. 2014), which is just the outcome the authors report. While this study reports an impressive, long-term data set, given broad interest in sugar maple and sustainability of forest management practices, we feel it is critical to more fully explore the role of nutrition on sugar maple dynamics, both prior to and during the experiment, and to more fully review the scientific record on the role of whole-tree clearcutting in nutrient-induced sugar maple dynamics.

URLhttps://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/10.1139/cjfr-2018-0207
DOI10.1139/cjfr-2018-0207
Short TitleCan. J. For. Res.