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Atlantic white-cedar Restoration Methodology - Site Preparation
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The picture to the right (Photo 1) is an 8-acre site burned during a 1977 wildfire in Bass River State Forest. This site did not regenerate into another AWC stand after existing vegetation was burned.

As a result, dense vegetation of native shrub and tree species colonized the site and prevented AWC from being a significant component.

 

Image showing the dense vegetation.

Photo 2 shows a forestry mower removing vegetation that has prevented AWC from reestablishing on the site. This step is necessary in order to promote conditions for natural and artificial (planting) regeneration.

The boundaries of the restoration area have been clearly marked to keep the mower operator in the designated area. This is generally the area within the fence line.

Image showing the forestry mower removing vegetation.

The following two images (Photo 3 & 4) show residual trees, both live and dead, following the site preparation of the site. Scattered, live AWC trees will remain for seed source purposes and all other live tree species will be girdled. This prevents future competition to AWC regeneration and also creates snags for wildlife. Many existing snags were left intact for wildlife purposes.

Image showing AWC snags as a result of wildfire.

Image showing residual trees following site preparation of the site.

Photo 5 shows the site ready for fence line installation and regeneration. This future AWC stand's seed source will come from the scattered trees throughout the site and trees located along the perimeter of the site. In addition, as a result of the site preparation, seed stored in the forest floor (seed bank) will germinate; increasing the amount of AWC seedlings.

Planting will occur in areas that do not receive the natural seed due to being too far from live AWC trees or where the seed bank is deficient.

Image of the site ready for fence line installation and planting.

   

 

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