Timing of Planting: What are our Options?

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In forest reclamation, the use of nursery stock seedlings is often desirable as this plant material provides greater assurance of woody plant cover development, whereas leave-for-natural-recovery approaches may require longer time periods for comparable recovery. The downside to actively planting seedlings is the much longer planning window required to produce nursery stock seedlings as seed must first be obtained, seedlings grown, and finally planted on the site. This technical note illustrates the trade-offs in potentially shortening this planning window through the use of hot-planted seedlings, as well as unrooted hardwood cuttings in a riparian environment.

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