Tending Cutting and Target Diameter Tables for Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra L.) Stands in Hungary

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In addition to black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) and hybrid poplars, northern red oak (Quercus rubra L.) can be considered the third most important exotic stand-forming tree species in Hungary. Due to its advantageous silvicultural and growth characteristics, as well as its wood utilization possibilities, the present area northern red oak stands occupy in the country amount to 15 thousand hectares. This study presents a new, simplified tending cutting table for northern red oak stands as well as an age-target diameter table suitable for quality log production within a rotation period of generally 80–85 years. The simplicity of the practice-oriented tables based on a relevant yield table may further the qualitative development of northern red oak management and wood utilization.

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