Riparian Silviculture

Doug Kastendick, Michelle Martin, Stacy Olszewski, Eric Zenner, Brian Palik

Riparian forests are often managed differently from upland forests to protect important hydrologic function and stream habitat, but what are the impacts of different management approaches on these ecological conditions? This project documented impacts of alternative management practices on subsurface flows (Kastendick), the composition, abundance, and diversity of understory vegetation (Martin), and understory light levels and the abundance of woody vegetation, including competition (Olszewski).


Kastendick, D., B. Palik, E.K. Zenner, R. Kolka, C. Blinn, and J. Kragthorpe.  2014.  Regeneration responses in partially-harvested riparian management zones in northern Minnesota. Journal of Water Resource and Protection 6:556-564.

Zenner, E.K., M.A. Martin, B.J. Palik, J.E. Peck, and C.R. Blinn.  2013.  Response of herbaceous plant community diversity and composition to overstorey harvest within riparian management zones in northern hardwoods.  Forestry 86:111-117.

Kastendick, D.N., E.K. Zenner, B.J. Palik, R. Kolka, C.R. Blinn.  2012.  Effects of harvesting on nitrogen and phosphorus availability in riparian management zone soils in Minnesota, USA.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42:1784-1791.

Zenner, E.K., S.L. Olszewski, B.J. Palik, D.N. Kastendick, J.E. Peck, and C.R. Blinn.  2012.  Riparian vegetation response to gradients in residual basal area with harvesting treatment and distance to stream.  Forest Ecology and Management 283:66–76.

Palik, B.J., M.A. Martin, E.K. Zenner, C.R. Blinn, and R. Kolka.  2012.  Overstory and regeneration dynamics in riparian management zones of northern Minnesota forested watersheds.  Forest Ecology and Management 276:1-9.