Lodgepole Pine Vigor, Regeneration, and Infestation by Mountain Pine Beetle Following Partial cutting on the Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
Lodgepole pine stands were thinned in the Shoshone National Forest of northwestern Wyoming in 1979 and 1980 using different forms of partial cutting. Average losses of trees 5 inches diameter at breast height and larger to mountain pine beetles during the 5 years following thinning ranged from less than 1 percent in spaced thinnings to 7.4 percent in the 12-inch diameter limit cut, compared to 26.5 percent in check stands. Residual trees increased radial growth significantly, but change in growth efficiency is slow. Regeneration 5 years after thinning ranged between 1,160 and 3,560 seedlings per acre, with pine being favored in the more open stands.
Amman, G., Lessard, G., Rasmussen, L. and O'Neil, C. (1988). Lodgepole pine vigor, regeneration, and infestation by mountain pine beetle following partial cutting on the Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming. USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Research Paper INT-396, 8 pp.