Masters Thesis

Early secondary succession: a study of clearcut areas in a mixed conifer forest.

Clearcut logging of numerous small stands of trees over the last fifteen years has provided suitable areas for the study of early secondary plant succession on the western slope of the central Sierra Nevada mountains. Familiarity with early successional patterns in these areas is essential in the development of appropriate silvicultural practices for the maintenance of viable, productive forests, as well as aiding in effective management of wildlife resources. Clearcut logging has been widely practiced and researched in the coastal Redwood forests of Northern California, and in the Douglas Fir dominated forests of Oregon and Washington. However, as indicated by the available literature, no significant research on secondary succession following clearcutting has been conducted in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This project was undertaken to provide information about early regrowth patterns on these clearcut areas.