Mechanical properties of naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce

SummaryNatural regeneration Sitka Spruce

This project aims to investigate the effects of intense early competition and the associated period of restricted growth on the wood properties of Sitka spruce crops that have been established via natural regeneration (a potentially cost-effective alternative to replanting on some sites).

Research objectives

  • To examine the wood properties that are important for the production of wood-based forest products in naturally regenerated Sitka spruce.
  • To determine the potential advantages and disadvantages of using natural regeneration in forests grown to produce timber products.

Results so far

Data are currently being analysed and results are expected to be published during 2017.


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Andrew Price

Funders and partners

Forest Research and the University of Aberdeen (Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences) are partners in this project which is funded by the Forestry Commission’s Forest Products Research Programme, (Wood and Timber Properties).

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