Eastern Cottonwood Forest Management and Silvicultural Prescription Guidelines

Eastern Cottonwood Forest Management and Silvicultural Prescription Guidelines Monday, April 29, 2019

Author(s): John DuPlissis
Photo of field of cottonwoods

The historic riparian forests of the Missouri and Platte rivers as well as their tributaries across the state of Nebraska were composed of American elm, ash, and cottonwood with several other species forming a minor component depending on soils, landforms and disturbance patterns. However, these forests have been declining at a rapid rate due to the construction of reservoirs, land clearing for agricultural practices and the introduction of Dutch elm disease and more recently emerald ash borer.

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