Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R2003-247

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Optimum nutrition of western hemlock and Douglas-fir

Author(s): Hawkins, Barbara
Imprint: Victoria, B.C. : University of Victoria, 2003
Subject: Tsuga heterophylla, British Columbia, Growth, Pseudotsuga Menziesii
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


The objective of this project is to quantify optimum nutrient balance and maximum growth potential of western hemlock and Douglas-fir. This information can be used to develop optimum nutrient solutions for use in forest nurseries, and target foliar nutrient standards for seedlings or mature trees. Optimally conditioned trees will achieve maximum productivity and increase available timber quantity over time. While forest nursery stock currently is of high quality, use of optimally conditioned stock could lead to more rapid establishment and early growth, but also reduce fertilizer use in nurseries and in the field. The facilities and equipment proposed for this work are unique in Canada.
Barbara Hawkins

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