Artificial regeneration of trees and tall shrubs in experimentally burned upland black spruce feather moss stands in Alaska
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): John C. Zasada; Rodney A. Norum; Robert M. Van Veldhuizen; Christian E. Teutsch
Publication Year: 1983

Cataloging Information

  • Alnus
  • Alnus crispa
  • artificial regeneration
  • Betula
  • Betula papyrifera
  • black spruce
  • boreal forest
  • coniferous forests
  • experimental areas
  • experimental burns
  • feathermoss
  • fire intensity
  • forest types
  • habitat conversion
  • hardwood forest
  • Interior Alaska
  • organic soils
  • Picea
  • Picea mariana
  • plant growth
  • Pleurozium schreberi
  • Populus
  • Populus balsamifera
  • Populus tremuloides
  • post-fire recovery
  • regeneration
  • Salix
  • Salix alaxensis
  • Salix bebbiana
  • seed dispersal
  • seed germination
  • seedling establishment
  • seedlings
  • seeds
  • shrubs
  • taiga
  • tree regeneration
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 9636
Tall Timbers Record Number: 3075
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-C
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Fall seed-dispersing species, birch (Betula papyrifera Marsh.), alder (Alnus crispa (Ait.) Pursh), and black spruce Picea mariana (Mill.) B.S.P.), and summer-seeding species, aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.), balsam poplar (P. balsamifera L.), feltleaf willow (Salix alaxensis (Anderss.) Cov.), Scouler willow (Salix scouleriana Barratt), and Bebb willow (Salix bebbiana Sarg.), were artificially sown on seedbeds created by experimental burning in the upland black spruce/feather moss forest types in interior Alaska. At least 40% of the seeds dispersed in the fall had germinated before dispersal of summer seeds began. Germination occurred on moderately and severely burned seedbeds but not on scorched and lightly burned surfaces. Seedling survival occurred almost exclusively on severely burned surfaces. After 3 years, 82% of the plots containing some severely burned surfaces and sown with seeds from species seeded in the fall were stocked whereas 32% of the plots sown with species seeded in the spring and with the same seedbed condition were stocked.

Online Link(s):
Zasada, John C.; Norum, Rodney A.; Van Veldhuizen, Robert M.; Teutsch, Christian E. 1983. Artificial regeneration of trees and tall shrubs in experimentally burned upland black spruce feather moss stands in Alaska. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 13(5):903-913.