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In the future, for operational as well as amenity reasons, it is probable that management techniques may change from the standard, plant and harvest (or plant, thin and harvest) at 2.0 m spacing. The choice of strategy must produce timber that can satisfy end-user requirements, and we wish to determine the impact of changing the business-as-usual strategy from even-aged plantations of Sitka spruce. Our research in this also focuses on the effects of planting improved Sitka spruce

Mechanical properties of naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce.

An investigation into the wood properties and timber potential of naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce; whether left un-thinned or re-spaced to various stocking densities.