Quinlan, P.M. 1996. An Assessment of wildlife habitat characteristics in Adirondack selection system stands. M.S. Thesis, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, 106 pp.
Abstract: Much work on wildlife habitat in managed forest stands has focused on even-aged silviculture. While the value of uneven-aged silviculture for manipulating wildlife habitat has been noted, little data have been collected. We measured the structure of five northern hardwood stands under selection system silviculture regimes at the Huntington Wildlife Forest in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Tree diameters, canopy closure, tree regeneration and abundance of herbs were measured. Techniques to project the stand structure through a 25-year period were evaluated and employed. Residual and 1995 diameter distributions suggested that the stands have a stable structure that will develop predictably during the proposed cutting cycle. Canopy closure was high for most stands, with a foliage present in all layers, but skewed toward the lower canopy layer (1.5-5 m). Species richness and diversity of tree regeneration was similar to that found in shelterwood stands. The stands are expected to provide a high degree of vertical structure through the cutting cycle, with a lower canopy layer that will resemble a recently regenerated even-aged stand.