Bigleaf maple is a desirable ecosystem component that adds to the structural and species diversity of British Columbia's coastal forests. The presence of bigleaf maple may accelerate nutrient cycling, improve site productivity, and contribute to long-term sustainability. Bigleaf maple can be planted on sites infected with laminated root rot for site rehabilitation and amelioration. Maple is also potentially valuable as a commercial tree species; the wood is used for high-value furniture, flooring, and face veneers.
Thomas, K.D., Comeau, P.G.. 1998. Effects of Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum Pursh) on Growth of Understorey Conifers and the Effects of Coppice Spacing on the Growth of Maple (MoF EP 1121.02). British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Extension Note (FLNRORD). EN24
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Hardwoods, Mixedwoods
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