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Forest composition change in the eastern United StatesAuthor(s): Songlin Fei; Peilin Yang
Source: In: Fei, Songlin; Lhotka, John M.; Stringer, Jeffrey W.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Miller, Gary W., eds. Proceedings, 17th central hardwood forest conference; 2010 April 5-7; Lexington, KY; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-78. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 103-108.
Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionForest ecosystems in the eastern United States are believed to be experiencing a species composition change, but most evidence is anecdotal or localized. We used U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis data to quantify the annual changes of three common genera: Acer (maple), carya (hickory), and Quercus (oak) with survey periods between 8 and 20 years across the eastern United States. The majority of the region had an increase in maple abundance. At the same time, hickories and oaks had a near universal decrease in the Central Hardwood region.
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CitationFei, Songlin; Yang, Peilin. 2011. Forest composition change in the eastern United States. In: Fei, Songlin; Lhotka, John M.; Stringer, Jeffrey W.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Miller, Gary W., eds. Proceedings, 17th central hardwood forest conference; 2010 April 5-7; Lexington, KY; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-78. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 103-108.
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