•We used a triplet plot approach at 14 locations to assess thinning responses.•Thinning alleviated the most stress at sites with low productivity and high density.•The greatest growth response to thinning occurred at high quality sites with high initial density.•The relative thinning response of resources were ordered soil N>soil moisture>light interception.•Pre-commercial thinning is an option for adapting forest to environmental stress.
Forest Ecology and Management – Elsevier
Published: Mar 1, 2016
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