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Changes in Forest Condition Associated with Gypsy Moth

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Eight years after the beginning of repeated but not continuous attacks by the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar), hardwood plots in the Pocono Mountain region of Pennsylvania had outgrown most losses. Basal area averaged close to preattack values, though with wide variation from plot to plot. Volumes per acre had gained an average of 8 percent. Before the outbreak, 87 percent of the plots were fully stocked or overstocked; after eight years 79 percent were in this condition but with a reduced oak component.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Entomologist, Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Morgantown, West Virginia

Publication date: March 1, 1983

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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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