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Some Forest Types of Central Newfoundland and their Relation to Environmental Factors

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The forest vegetation of central Newfoundland (Forest Section B-28a) is described using the methods of the Z├╝rich-Montpellier School. Problems were encountered, however, and most associations had to be characterized by means of differential rather than characteristic species. The aim of this study was to develop a forest site classification for central Newfoundland. Most of the forest types recognized correspond to sub-associations. The association of the black spruce moss forests could not be subdivided into silviculturally important types solely on a floristic basis. Under undisturbed conditions, the balsam fir forests occupy the better sites, whereas, the black spruce forests are restricted to the nutrient-poor soils, and alder swamps cover the nutrient-rich and wet soils. Logging does not alter this distribution very much but fire results in the occupation of many balsam fir sites by black spruce types. White birch, pin cherry and aspen forests, always a result of fires, generally occur on the better soils. The dynamics of the individual forest types and their relation to environmental factors, especially soil conditions, is discussed in the text and illustrated in diagrams.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Officer, Forest Research Branch, Department of Forestry, St. John's, Newfoundland

Publication date: 1964-12-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Also published by SAF:
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