Modeling Individual Tree and Snag Dynamics in the Mixed Species Acadian Forest
- Russel, Matthew B.
University of Maine Graduate School
Forest growth modeling has a long tradition of development and application in even-aged stands targeting single species plantations. Modeling efforts in mixed species stands that contain uneven stand structures are much more recent. Serving as a transitional zone between the boreal and eastern broadleaf deciduous forest types, the Acadian Forest found throughout Maine and the Canadian Maritime Provinces is host to a wide variety of tree species that from complex stand structures. This study validated existing and developed component equations that comprise a widely-used individual tree growth and yield model in the northeaster US and Canadian Maritime provinces. An assessment of deadwood stocking was conducted and models were developed to improve our understandings of standing deadwood dynamics as they relate to silvicultural treatment, species, and stand conditions in these forests.
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