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Acceleration of Forest Structural Development for Large Trees and Mammals: Restoration in Decades or Centuries? Sullivan, Thomas P.; Sullivan, Druscilla S.; Lindgren, Pontus M. F.; Ransome, Douglas B.; Klenner, Walt

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There is a demand for more progressive restoration directives to regenerate forest ecosystems impacted by harvesting, wildfire, insect outbreaks, and mineral resource extraction. Forest restoration may take many decades and even centuries without active silvicultural intervention to grow large trees that provide suitable habitat for various wildlife species. We tested the hypotheses (H) that, compared with unmanaged (unthinned and old-growth) stands, large-scale precommercial thinning (heavy thinning to

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