How different approaches to logging residues handling affected retention of nutrients at poor-soil Scots pine site after clear-cutting? A case study

Špulák O., Kacálek D. (2020): How different approaches to logging residues handling affected retention of nutrients at poor-soil Scots pine site after clear-cutting? A case study. J. For. Sci., 66: 461–470.

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Biomass nutrient loss and retention were studied at nutrient-poor forest site dominated by Scots pine where two methods of logging residues handling after clear-cutting were compared. The experiment was conducted on nutrient-poor pine-oak forest site on deep sandy-gravel unconsolidated sediments at the altitude of 255 m. There were three treatments established such as (i) control – no harvesting, (ii) whole-tree harvesting with ca. 10% of the slash retained unintentionally on site as processing residues and (iii) stem-only harvesting when small-diameter wood and slash were left on site. The third treatment was found to retain much larger amounts of nutrients in logging residues representing 16% of total above-ground dry mass which accounted for 58% of N, 32% of P, 56% of K, 22% of Ca and 28% of Mg left on site.

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