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Understory tree characteristics and disturbance history of a central Appalachian forest prior to old-growth harvestingAuthor(s): Thomas M. Schuler; Mary Ann Fajvan
Source: Res. Pap. NE-710. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 12 p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionTo better understand the dynamics of red oak regeneration, we evaluated the composition of understory woody species and recruitment characteristics of a mixed mesophytic forest in the central Appalachian region at the time of old-growth logging. We also evaluated canopy disturbance history during both the old-growth and second-growth periods. Stemwood radial growth patterns were used to evaluate the frequency of disturbance. Levels of red oak radial growth change were greatest from 1906 to 1911, which is indicative of a major disturbance. The oak regeneration in all sampled areas that developed into the second-growth forest was dominated by seedling-size individuals that were recruited from 1902 to 1910. The stand-wide median canopy disturbance interval was 30.83 years between 1797 and 1983.
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CitationSchuler, Thomas M.; Fajvan, Mary Ann. 1999. Understory tree characteristics and disturbance history of a central Appalachian forest prior to old-growth harvesting. Res. Pap. NE-710. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 12 p.
Keywordsoak regeneration, disturbance, dendroecology, West Virginia
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