Assessment of a Forest Stand for Old-Growth Status at Point au Roche State Park, Clinton County, New York

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Soranno, Matthew
Adams, Kenneth
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2009
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en_US
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old-growth , hemlock , northern hardwoods , stand composition , stand structure
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Potential old-growth stands continue to be located and quantified. Although there is no generally-accepted definition of oldgrowth, there is a set of attributes that describe old-growth forests. The Hemlock-northern hardwood stand at Point au Roche State Park in Clinton County, New York has been proposed for old-growth classification. The composition and structure of this stand were sampled between September and November, 2008. Attributes of this stand were compared with old-growth conifernorthern hardwoods. The list of attributes included species composition of overstory and understory, maximum tree ages, stand structure, standing dead trees (snags) and fallen trees (logs). The Hemlock-northern hardwood stand in this study compared favorably with old-growth conifer-northern hardwood stands for all measured attributes except the number and size of logs on the forest floor. Although abundance of large logs is an important component of old-growth stands, the Hemlock-northern hardwood stand at Point au Roche State Park could be described as old-growth.
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Published in SUNY Plattsburgh's Scientia Discipulorum Journal of Undergraduate Research. Volume 4, issue 1, pages 60-69. 2009.
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Scientia Discipulorum: SUNY Plattsburgh
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