Earl Patric

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Technical Report

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"(1) To determine the results on ground cover vegetation of various combinations of cultural and site treatments; (2) to compare the variation in response of round cover plants in the two contrasting forest types; (3) to observe the effects of the combined treatments on tree and shrub reproduction; and, (4) to lay the groundwork for future larger scale studies which might utilize burning and/or scarification as site treatment techniques“

Project Title

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Investigations in the Central Adirondack Mountains


“A study of the effects of combined cultural and site treatments on ground cover plants was conducted on the Archer and Anna Huntington Wildlife Forest Station in the Adirondack Mountains. Study areas were delineated in 1960, and a pre-treatment tally of vegetation made in 1961. The treatments, consisting of combinations of either upper or lower crown removal with burning or scarification of the ground, were effected in 1962 and 1963. The post-treatment tally, done in 1965, indicated that: (1) herbaceous ground cover was reduced tremendously by all treatments involving burning or scarification, being virtually eliminated on the burns; (2) ground cover was Increased slightly by treatments Involving crown removal and no disturbance of the site; (3) in the northern hardwood forest, tree reproduction (essentially sugar maple) was not effectively changed by any treatment; and, (4) in the hardwood-conifer forest, tree reproduction (mainly yellow birch) was increased greatly by both burning and scarification.”