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Old 04-14-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default Logging Debris Suppresses Development of an Invasive Competitor, Scotch Broom

Logging Debris Suppresses Development of an Invasive Competitor, Scotch Broom
ScienceDaily
Apr. 2, 2010

Logging debris suppresses development of an invasive competitor, Scotch broom
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At a variety of clearcut sites, research forester Tim Harrington, noticed that plant invaders were sparse when the debris was left behind. He also began to reason that the method of dealing with debris might indirectly affect the survival and growth of conifer seedlings by way of its impact on vegetation that managers may consider a nuisance.

Harrington and Virginia Tech professor, Stephen Schoenholtz, conducted two studies to quantify the effects of different levels of logging debris on the productivity of Douglas-fir. These experiments compared...
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