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Season 5 | Episode 4

Putting the B in BDq

April 1, 2024

It’s not worth saying anything unless it’s worth taking a long time to say, to paraphrase Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings. And sometimes you need to play the long game if you’re a research forester too. Long-term silvicultural studies are surprisingly rare, but extremely valuable. That is why a recent paper on six decades of selection cutting results got our attention. The Cutting Methods Study is a long-term investigation of cutting systems in second-growth northern hardwood stands on the Argonne Experimental Forest in northern Wisconsin. Join us on this episode of SilviCast as we explore the somewhat surprising results with Christel Kern, Research Forester with the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station.




Christel Kern, Ph.D.

Research Forester, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station

Christel Kern is a Research Forester at the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her work includes leading and developing research-management partnerships to address critical knowledge gaps in sustainable forest management. Outside of work, Christel enjoys family time and coaching Nordic skiing.

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