Reply to the comment by Bailey et al. on “Long-term decline of sugar maple following forest harvest, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire”

TitleReply to the comment by Bailey et al. on “Long-term decline of sugar maple following forest harvest, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire”
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBattles, JJ, Cleavitt, NL, Johnson, CE, Fahey, TJ
JournalCanadian Journal of Forest Research
Volume49
Issue7
Pagination863 - 864
Date Published2019/05/28/
ISBN Number0045-5067
Keywordscommunity assembly, forest recovery, northern hardwood forest, sustainable management, whole-tree harvest
Abstract

Sugar maple decline in eastern North America is caused by a complex combination of factors, with soil nutrition being one of several important determinants. Given the complexity of sugar maple population dynamics and the geographic extent of the species, we support Bailey et al.’s (2019, Can. J. For. Res. 49(7), doi:10.1139/cjfr-2018-0207) argument to interpret results from Cleavitt et al. (2018, Can. J. For. Res. 48(1): 23–31, doi:10.1139/cjfr-2017-0233) with due caution. The experiment at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest represents an atypical application of contemporary forest practice in the White Mountain National Forest; however, some comments in Bailey et al. (2019) missed the point; others inaccurately characterized our paper. Cleavitt et al.’s (2018) 30-year record of vegetation recovery following whole-tree harvest documented a worrisome inability of a sugar maple population that successfully established after harvest to maintain its position in the understory. This lack of persistence on base-poor soils such as those in the mid and upper elevations of Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest suggests that the successful recruitment of sugar maple is not guaranteed.

URLhttps://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/10.1139/cjfr-2018-0503
DOI10.1139/cjfr-2018-0503
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Short TitleCan. J. For. Res.