- Kanoti, Allison M.
The Graduate School, University of Maine
This study investigated if the onset of BWA-related growth decline was a recent event; if climate trends coincided with growth reduction in BWA infested trees; and if damage severity varied with site and stand characteristics. Data was collected from 29-0.08 ha (1/5th acre) plots in 3 eastern Maine climate zones. Increment cores of BWA-infested balsam fir and a nonhost species, and several tree and plot measurements, were gathered on each plot. Trees were divided into three groups for analysis, less affected fir (no dieback), more affected fir (have dieback) and nonhost.