super sites?

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super sites?

Post by Lucas » Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:28 am ...

What is the definition of these "super sites"?

Where and how do I find them?
We travel the Milky way together, trees and men. - John Muir

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Re: super sites?

Post by Will Blozan » Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:56 pm


Super sites have the combination of many variables that have led to superlative tree growth, usually height and biomass, relative to a similar age and species elsewhere in the region. I'm sure Jess Riddle or Josh Kelly can elaborate more but the basic factors are:

Rich soil
Shelter and topographic location
Access to consistent water
Lack of disturbance
Functioning soil ecology
Time to grow
Species well suited to the site

Without a geology or disturbance history map you just have to stumble upon them. Knowing through observation what species tend to grow best on what sites will give you a keen eye to predicting where good growth may occur. Then you hone in on those sites and go check them out. If not a super site try to determine why not.


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