Effects of release cutting on the development of young natural lebanon cedar (Cedrus libani A. Rich) stands of western Mediterranean region of Turkey

Ozcelik R., ELER U.

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY, vol.30, no.2, pp.179-182, 2009 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.179-182


Release cutting is ecologically and economically one of the most important silvicultural treatments for establishing anew stand. The study was designed to determine the suitable silvicultural treatments of different spacing of thinning for release cuffing on young natural lebanon cedar (Cedrus libani A. Rich)stands at the thicket stage. Studies were carried out at Bucak and Golhisar forest districts in the Western Mediterranean region of Turkey between the years of 1999-2005. Results showed that release cutting treatment had a positive effect on diameter growth for individual trees with the 1.5 m x 3 m spacing and positively correlated with spacing of thinning. However, there was not significant effect of the thinning application on height growth of young natural Lebanon cedar stands.