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Nature of New England Forests

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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: September 1, 1979

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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