Restocking experiment at Ae Forest
Photograph is courtesy and copyright of Forestry Commission, Forest Research, Roslin, and provided with help from Glen Brearley. FR Photo number No B4716 taken by I A Anderson.
The site of Expt32.P62 Ae where clearfell brash, lop and top was pulverised by Wilder- Rainthorpe chopper in double runs over the same row. The main image shows the level of brash before work started. Is that Andy Neustein standing there?
The PDF first image shows the site after the treatment as smooth as a ------- well perhaps not! The second image is the site mounded and planted with Sitka spruce. Not sure how the mounds were created but there is a suggestion of a hole on the left which could be from a digger bucket. The third image is that of a Western hemlock young tree planted directly into the brash pulverised ground.
It may be the case that this experiment compared the growth response of two species of trees on clearfell sites with pulverised brash, brash cleared and not cleared when trees were directly planted into the ground and also onto mounds. A very important experiment with significant outcomes that swung the effort of future restocking toward the use of mounding on wetter gley and peaty sites.
Please see Record No 3777 for another view of this Expt
Picture added on 27 February 2018 at 11:44