Spatial and Temporal Patterns and Dynamics in Old-Growth Northern Hardwood and Mixed Forests of Northern Maine
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- Chokkalingam, Unna
University of Maine
Spatial and temporal patterns and dynamics were studied in the 2000-ha old- growth Big Reed Forest Reserve in northern Maine using stem mapping, dendroecology, GIS, and spatial analyses. Landscape-level analyses indicated that the Reserve was dominated by late-successional community types composed of shade-tolerant species, and mostly mature forests with high canopy closure and trees reaching maximum possible heights. The complex of interrelated topographic and soil characteristics, and predominantly small-scale disturbance regimes afforded a tight link between site factors and vegetation distribution on the landscape.
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