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Silviculture of Temperate and Boreal Broadleaf-conifer Mixtures

Editor(s): P.G. Comeau and K.D. Thomas
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Hardwoods and Mixedwoods
Series: Land Management Handbook
Other details:  Published 1996. Hardcopy is available.


Broad-leaved species are a common component of British Columbia forests. They occur as pure stands as well as in mixture with conifer species. Retaining and managing broadleaves in our forests is desirable for many reasons, including: biodiversity, wildlife habitat, aesthetics, providing nurse crops for conifers, improving nutrient supplies, ameliorating or reducing risk of forest health problems, diversifying forest end products, and potentially increasing yield. However, problems can be encountered when the broadleaf species has a more rapid initial growth rate than the conifers. Critical questions exist about the feasibility of growing species mixtures and their consequences, and the management of mixtures (including appropriate initial densities, espacement, and arrangements as intimate or patchy mixes) and their use.

These proceedings summarize papers presented at a workshop entitled: "Silviculture of temperate and boreal broadleaf-conifer mixtures" which was held in Richmond B.C. February 28 and March 1, 1995. The purpose of this workshop was to review current knowledge of the silviculture of temperate and boreal broadleaf-conifer mixtures and the consequences of growing mixed stands. Nineteen papers were presented during the workshop and twelve posters displayed. Total attendance was approximately 110.

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