Modeling long-term stand density, growth, and recruitment relationships in upland oak stands of central hardwood forest region

This study utilizes four USDA Forest Service thinning experiments established more than 50 years ago in Kentucky and Ohio. Experimental locations provide a unique opportunity to quantify the growth, recruitment, and survival of oak and associated species across a range of stand density conditions. The dataset represents one of the most long-term for thinned oak stands within the region. An understanding of tree and stand relationships is gained through the development of diameter growth and survival models along with a simulation framework for evaluating basal area and volume growth following an array of thinning practices. Scientific outputs will have implications in silvicultural and economic decision making regarding the use of thinning to meet diverse landowner objectives.

John M. Lhotka, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Silviculture
(859) 257-9701 | John.Lhotka@uky.edu | 210 T.P. Cooper Building