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Reconstructed height growth trajectories of white spruce (Picea glauca) following deciduous release

  • Author / Creator
    Osika, Diana E-B
  • My study evaluated the “true” white spruce (Picea glauca [Moench] Voss) height growth potential in sites released from deciduous competition. Stem analysis, plus re-measurement data from 60 and 80-year-old trials were used. Interpolated site index (SI, height at breast height age 50) of released spruce was not significantly increased due to late treatment application. However, their height increment 50 years following treatment was elevated by 2.1m. Existing height-age equations for this region showed varying suitability. I fit a new height-age model which allowed for delayed release, this showed a potential 4.1m increase in spruce SI due to release. In a site-specific model, deciduous basal area removal explained significant variation in spruce SI. This model indicated a 7m gain from early release from heavy competition. These results provide a first long-term estimate of the degree that spruce height growth from mid-age to maturity can be increased by deciduous competition removal.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3NP79
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Renewable Resources
  • Specialization
    • Forest Biology and Management
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Stadt, Ken (Renewable Resources)
    • Comeau, Phil (Renewable Resources)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Stadt, Ken (Renewable Resources)
    • Armstrong, Glen (Renewable Resources)
    • Comeau, Phil (Renewable Resources)
    • Bork, Edward (Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences)