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    Author(s): Lee E. Carbonneau; Sarah D. Allen
    Date: 1995
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-189. Radnor, PA: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 26 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    The Bowl Research Natural Area is a 206-ha old-growth forest in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. Elevations range from approximately 580 m along Wonalancet Brook to 1,215 m at the summit of Mt. Whiteface. Vascular vegetation in four Ecological Land Types (ELT's) of the Bowl was characterized on 12 plots and during qualitative meander surveys. Several microhabitats within the ELT's, including sidehill seeps, ledges, canopy openings, and a well-traveled trail, were also inventoried. The vegetation structure and species composition for each ELT and microhabitat are described. Ninety-three species were recorded, including the state-protected plants Dicentra Canadensis, and Cypripedium sp. Eight species found in seeps were observed nowhere else in the Bowl. Most species were observed at relatively low elevations in ELT 6 (Predominantly Softwoods on Steep Upper Mountain Side Slopes with Deep Bouldery Colluvium) where the greatest variety of microhabitats occurred.

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    Carbonneau, Lee E.; Allen, Sarah D. 1995. Botanical reconnaissance of The Bowl Research Natural Area. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-189. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 26 p.

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