Comparison of Scots pine growth dynamics in Polissya and Steppe zone of Ukraine

Lovynska V., Terentiev A., Lakyda P., Sytnyk S., Bala O., Gritzan Yu. (2021): Comparison of Scots pine growth dynamic within Polissya and Northern Steppe zone of Ukraine. Journal of Forest Science, 67: 533–543.

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The goal of the study was to compare the dynamic changes in individual biometric indices of Scots pine in different natural zones of Ukraine, Polissya and Steppe. Scots pine stands were mainly concentrated in the Polissya zone, and their area was 3.6 times larger than that of forests in the Steppe zone, and the total wood stock by 4.6 times. The regression equations for biometric indices of artificial modal stands were developed. A comparison of the average height, diameter, and wood stock for pine stands of site index Іа, I, and II growing in Polissya and Steppe was made. It was found that the average differences in the average height (from 1.9 to 2.6 m) are observed at the age of 15–20 years. For the average diameter, the difference increases with age and the growth of the site index. The difference in the average stock is constantly increasing with age. At the age of 20 years this difference is 20–30 m3, and at the age of 120 years from 100 to 120 m3 depending on the site index. The developed growth models can be used in planning and prioritizing appropriate forestry activities for pine stands growing in specific regional conditions.

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