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This project aims to investigate the effects of intense early competition and the associated period of restricted growth on the wood properties of Sitka spruce crops that have been established via natural regeneration (a potentially cost-effective alternative to replanting on some sites).

Research objectives

  • To examine the wood properties that are important for the production of wood-based forest products in naturally regenerated Sitka spruce.
  • To determine the potential advantages and disadvantages of using natural regeneration in forests grown to produce timber products.

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Summary papers are in preparation for publication.

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