Using oak silviculture to reintroduce American chestnut
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The Journal of The American Chestnut Foundation. 34(2): 26-28.
Throughout much of American chestnut's range, the tree co-occurs with various species of oak, commonly northern red and chestnut oak. Oaks benefited from the loss of chestnut, by taking advantage of the increased light and growing space made available when its once abundant cousin was largely extirpated (Wang and Hu 2015). More recent changes in oak-dominated forests, such as increased herbivory and alteration to disturbance regimes, however, threaten the continued dominance of these species (Dey 2014). Because of this, promotion of oak regeneration is now a predominant focus of silviculture research and management, particularly on public lands, throughout the oak-hickory (formerly oak-chestnut) forest type. It would be practical, logistically and financially, then, if the silvicultural strategies used to regenerate oak can also be used to facilitate American chestnut reintroduction.
Pinchot, Cornelia.; Schlarbaum, Scott; Tepke, Scott. 2020. Using oak silviculture to reintroduce American chestnut. Chestnut: The Journal of The American Chestnut Foundation. 34(2): 26-28.