Research Note

Effect of rainfall and under-canopy vegetation on the ability to debark Eucalyptus grandis x E. camaldulensis when felled in Zululand, South Africa

Published in: The Southern African Forestry Journal
Volume 200, issue 1, 2004 , pages: 71–75
DOI: 10.1080/20702620.2004.10431762
Author(s): Gert J. van den Berg, Republic of South Africa, Keith M. Little, Republic of South Africa

Abstract

The combined effects of seasonal variation in rainfall and the presence or absence of under-canopy vegetation on soil moisture content may have a negative or positive impact on the ability to debark eucalypts. A study was initiated to investigate these interactions on the ability to debark Eucalyptus grandis x E. camaldulensis when felled at eight years in Zululand, South Africa. Following a period ofhigh rainfall (94 mm in 30 days), the presence of under-canopy vegetation did not influence the ability to debark the trees. This ability to debark the trees was reduced following a period oflow rainfall (11 mm in 30 days), however, this was even more pronounced in the presence of under-canopy vegetation.

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