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Seventy-year record of changes in the composition of overstory species by elevation on the Bartlett Experimental ForestAuthor(s): William B. Leak; Mariko Yamasaki
Source: Res. Pap. NRS-13. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 12 p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionRemeasurements over a 70-year period (1931-1932 to 2002-2003) on 404 cruise plots on the Bartlett Experimental Forest in New Hampshire provided a record of landscape-level changes in the composition of overstory species over time by elevation and d.b.h. (diameter at breast height) classes. Typically, early to midsuccessional species declined while late successional species, especially hemlock, increased. The exception was at upper elevations (2,000 feet and higher), where natural wind disturbance maintained a variable component of paper and yellow birch. There is no evidence of species decline or migration that is inconsistent with natural succession or natural disturbance.
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CitationLeak, William B.; Yamasaki, Mariko. 2010. Seventy-year record of changes in the composition of overstory species by elevation on the Bartlett Experimental Forest. Res. Pap. NRS-13. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 12 p.
Keywordsnorthern hardwoods, hemlock, spruce, natural succession, elevation, tree species migration
- Dynamics in late-successional hemlock-hardwood forests over three decades
- Predicting long-term forest development following hemlock mortality
- Sharing rotting wood in the shade: ectomycorrhizal communities of co-occurring birch and hemlock seedlings
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