- Sypitkowski, Eben
One primary goal of silviculture is to perpetuate and increase the propor on of desirable species on the landscape through the pro table removal of products (Smith et al. 1997). If a desirable regenera on outcomes are to be realized, a en on must be paid to the silvics of the trees species (Westveld 1938). Silvics have been shaped over evolutionary time by regional disturbance regimes (Rowland & White 2010). Therefore, achieving e ec ve natural regenera on can be enhanced by emula ng the natural disturbance regime to which a species is adapted (Seymour et al. 2002).
The Acadian Forest is typed by the spruce-fir (Picea rubens--Abies balsamea) and northern hardwood (Acer saccharum, Fagus grandifolia, Betula alleghaniensis) forest types. Though other types occur, spruce- r and northern hardwood types make up the majority of the 6.9 million hectares of commercial forestland in Maine (Powell and Dickson 1984). This forest is de ned by the range of red spruce and is a transi onal zone between the central hardwood region and the boreal forest (Seymour 1992). Forest regenera on is generally achieved through natural means (MFS 2010).