The influence of successional processes and disturbance on the structure of Tsuga canadensis forests.

  title={The influence of successional processes and disturbance on the structure of Tsuga canadensis forests.},
  author={Anthony D'Amato and David A Orwig and David R. Foster},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={18 5},
Old-growth forests are valuable sources of ecological, conservation, and management information, yet these ecosystems have received little study in New England, due in large part to their regional scarcity. To increase our understanding of the structures and processes common in these rare forests, we studied the abundance of downed coarse woody debris (CWD) and snags and live-tree size-class distributions in 16 old-growth hemlock forests in western Massachusetts. Old-growth stands were compared… CONTINUE READING
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