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The typical hardwood stand with which the silviculturist in Connecticut has to deal is even-aged in form. The causes which operated in the past to create stands of this character are thoroughly understood and do not require consideration in this study. That even-aged stands, particularly when densely stocked and composed of comparatively intolerant species, require thinning to develop the most vigorous individuals and to obtain maximum production, is an accepted principle of silviculture.

The study separates logically into five parts:

1. A system of classification for the woody vegetation.

2. Amount, character, and distribution of the advance growth and of reproduction arising subsequent to the last cutting.

3. Growth in height of the various elements composing the young stand.

4. Conclusions as to the probable composition of the future stand and the relative value of the individuals which it will contain.

5. Treatment advised to improve the future stand.


"The term 'advance growth' has been applied in this study to all reproduction, both trees and shrubs, which originates on a given area prior to the final removal of the old stand. It is recognized that this use of the term does not agree exactly with the terminology adopted by the Society of American Foresters.

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