A review of stumping back and case study of its use in the rehabilitation of poorly performing pole-stage sycamore.

  • Ian Short Teagasc Forestry Development Dept., Ashtown Food Research Centre, Dublin 15.
  • Jerry Hawe Sylviron Ltd., Appleyard, Turlough, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
  • Jerry Campion Teagasc Forestry Development Dept., Ashtown Food Research Centre, Dublin 15.
  • Ricky Byrne Russellstown, Bridgetown, Co. Wexford.
Keywords: Broadleaf, silviculture, Acer pseudoplatanus, coppice.

Abstract

First rotation broadleaf plantations present a range of inherent challenges to the achievement of good form and vigour. Where biotic and/or abiotic factors compromise early growth and stem quality, appropriate management interventions to improve these are required. An historical review of “stumping back” literature is presented together with a case-study. The B-SilvRD broadleaf silviculture research project includes a “rehabilitation” strand, whereby innovative measures to improve poorly performing stands of commercial broadleaves are being trialled. One such pilot trial involves a 17year-old sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) plantation, which had not performed well and required significant intervention to improve its silvicultural and economic viability. This paper reviews the literature on stumping back and presents a casestudy with results of three different line thinning/stumping back treatments, including analysis of different light regimes and the impact of light levels on coppice regrowth.
Published
2015-11-01
How to Cite
Short, I., Hawe, J., Campion, J., & Byrne, R. (2015). A review of stumping back and case study of its use in the rehabilitation of poorly performing pole-stage sycamore. Irish Forestry. Retrieved from https://journal.societyofirishforesters.ie/index.php/forestry/article/view/10295
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