The objective of stock type selection is to decide, based on species, site conditions and experience, what seedling characteristics (e.g., height, root collar diameter) will best suit each site. The selection of stock types is an important element in the regeneration process and is best considered during the development of the silviculture prescription (SP).
Stock type selection has its greatest influence on the establishment and early growth phases of a plantation. With time, however, site conditions will usually assume a more important role in determining stand performance. Selection of an appropriate stock type can help to minimize the effects of site limiting factors on the establishment and early growth of seedlings. Choice of stock type can also significantly impact the length of time to achieve free growing obligations and to satisfy green-up requirements. In addition, choices made at this stage can affect future stand management decisions.
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Updated November 21, 2008