Nature of New England Forests
Author: Smith, David M.
Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 77, Number 9, 1 September 1979 , pp. 563-586(24)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:Because moisture supplies are abundant, forests are the natural vegetation of nearly all of New England, and most sites are of commercial quality. Stands in the southern portions are extensions of the Appalachian hardwood forest, with northern red oak common in the main canopy and eastern hemlock in the understory. Yellow-poplar, scarlet oak, white oak, and hickories drop out successively northeastward, to be replaced by maples, birches, and beech of the northern hardwood forest. In the north, where soil drainage is often poor, the spruce-fir type is wide-spread. White pine is found throughout New England; sugar maple is restricted to the best soils. Species regenerate so readily from advance growth that planting is not widely practiced. Fires are infrequent.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Professor of Silviculture, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Publication date: 1979-09-01
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