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Atlantic white-cedar Restoration Methodology - Regeneration
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Natural regeneration can be from seed stored in the forest floor, as observed in Photo 1 (NJFS). For a larger version click here. Areas within the site that have this concentration of regeneration would not be planted.

Image of natural regeneration of AWC in Bass River State Forest.

The stored seed come from cone-baring AWC trees that were in the overstory, located in an adjacent stand(s), residual trees left on site or a combination thereof. Photo 2 (NJFS) shows AWC that will provide seed for natural regeneration. When relying on seed from adjacent sources, the greatest success is achieved when the trees are on the side(s) of the site from which the prevailing winds most likely originate. The wind will assist in dispersing the seed into the site up to a few hundred feet.

Image of adjacent AWC trees in Bass River State Forest that will provide a natural seed source.

Another method of regeneration of the site is accomplished by planting stecklings which are rooted cuttings of Atlantic-white cedar. These are grown at our state forest tree nursery in Jackson, NJ. Photo 3 to the right shows seedlings in the NJFS green house.

Depending on the amount seedlings needed due to a lack of natural regeneration, approximately 1,200 can be planted per acre.

Image of AWC stecklings in the NJFS greenhouse at the State Forest Tree Nursery.

Seedlings are also grown outside in seedbeds (Photo 4). Some of these are transplants from the greenhouse or have been seeded directly. Different size seedlings of AWC can be used for various restoration project requirements.

Image of AWC in seedbeds at the NJFS Forest Tree Nursery.

 

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