Halpern, C. 2023. Demonstration of Ecosystem Management Options (DEMO) Study, western Oregon and Washington (post-treatment data, 1998-2016). Demonstration of Ecosystem Management Options. Forest Science Data Bank, Corvallis, OR. [Database]. Available: http://andlter.forestry.oregonstate.edu/data/abstract.aspx?dbcode=TP108. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/8000b8ff82cdb5fbec3596461a95379f. Accessed 2023-12-11.
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The Demonstration of Ecosystem Management Options (DEMO) Study is a regional-scale experiment in variable-retention harvest, established at six sites in western Oregon and Washington. Initiated in 1994, DEMO was designed to assess newly established standards and guidelines for regeneration harvests in mature, coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest. The experiment is a randomized complete block design. It includes six treatments that represent strong contrasts in the level of retention (15-100% of original basal area) and the spatial pattern in which trees are retained (uniformly dispersed vs. aggregated in 1-ha patches). The factorial nature of the design (15 and 40% retention in both an aggregated and dispersed pattern) is unique among variable-retention experiments, regionally and globally.
Long-term measurements of vegetation response lie at the core the DEMO Study. Key response variables include overstory tree growth and mortality, the dynamics of snags, regeneration of conifers (including planted seedlings and natural recruitment), and the composition, structure and diversity of the understory (including herbaceous, woody, and bryophyte species). Pre-treatment measurements were made between 1994 and 1996 (data are archived under Study Code TP104). Post-treatments measurements have occurred at ~5- to 7-year intervals between 1998 and 2016 (data are archived under Study Code TP108).