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Ecological Forest Site Classification

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An ecological method of multi-factor site classification, operational in southwestern Germany for over 30 years, was applied on the Cyrus H. McCormick Experimental Forest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Strong interrelationship was found among physiography, soils, and vegetation, and these factors were used simultaneously in the field to distinguish and map ecosystems that recur in the landscape. Such ecosystem units form the basis for intensive multiple-use management. The method illustrates an alternative to single-factor and component methods and indicates the trend toward integration of the important factors in classifying and mapping ecosystems.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Soils Surveyor, International Paper Company, Jena, Louisiana

Publication date: August 1, 1982

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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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