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Forests 2017, 8(7), 225; doi:10.3390/f8070225

Fifty-Six Years of Forest Development Following the 1938 Hurricane in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, Concord, NH 03861, USA
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Received: 9 May 2017 / Revised: 16 June 2017 / Accepted: 19 June 2017 / Published: 27 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Post-Disturbance Forest Management and Regeneration Dynamics)
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Forest development patterns following the 1938 hurricane were evaluated in 45 continuous forest inventory (CFI) plots monitored from 1955 to 2011 at the Caroline A. Fox Research and Demonstration Forest (Fox), in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Long-term plot data provide a record of landscape-level changes in a managed forest setting. Changes in density, basal area, mortality, removal, and recruitment demonstrate the effects of forest management on growth and forest structure through time. Tree density peaked in 2001 at 716.1 trees/hectare, but the basal area continued to increase from 18.8 m2/ha in 1955 to 44.7 m2/ha 2011 despite forest management activities. Hemlock and red maple dominate stem recruitment. Tree mortality rates have increased from 0.26%/year 1955–1965 to 1.03%/year 2001–2011, while removal rates have dropped from 1.04%/year to 0.44%/year. View Full-Text
Keywords: CFI; forest development patterns; mortality; tree recruitment CFI; forest development patterns; mortality; tree recruitment
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Allen, B.P.; Seaboyer, I.V. Fifty-Six Years of Forest Development Following the 1938 Hurricane in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA. Forests 2017, 8, 225.

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