||Stand History: An Alternative Explanation of Red Spruce Radial Growth Reduction.
Reams, G. ;
Huso, M. M. P. ;
||Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR. ;Oregon State Univ., Corvallis. Dept. of Forest Resources.
Plant growth ;
Longitudinal studies ;
Red spruce ;
Radical growth reduction ;
Picea rubens Sarg
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Red spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.) sites from northern Maine was classified by radial growth release history. Two major releases were apparent for a majority of the sites. The first was a reduction and subsequent increase in radial increment in 1920. The second was an increase in radial increment from 1935 to 1955. Red spruce radial growth reduction in the 1960s is apparent only for sites released from 1935 to 1955 (approximately 54% of the sites in the study). These sites are now approaching the radial growth rates of the unreleased stands. Birch dieback is suggested as a probable contributor to the 1935-1955 red spruce growth increase and subsequent 1960s growth reduction.