Schoodic to Schoodic: Forest Regeneration

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This project is being developed to understand landscape changes and adaptation options in the temperate-boreal transition forests of Downeast Maine.

Project Area

This project focuses on the Schoodic to Schoodic (S2S) region in Downeast Maine. The forests stretch across 150,000 acres from the tip of Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park north to the slopes of Schoodic Mountain and adjacent lands. S2S is within the least developed coastal region on the eastern seaboard and connects coastal forests with the vast North Woods. The landscape is a matrix of forest ownership, including federal, state, private, and land trust lands. Forest management history ranges from young stands thinned in the past decade to old-growth forests with no history of timber removal. Forests in the S2S are dominated by spruce-fir, northern hardwood, and aspen-paper birch community types.

Management Goals

The S2S is within the broad temperate-boreal transition zone and includes many species at/near their northern or southern range limits (e.g., red oak, maples, spruces, and fir). Changing environmental conditions, including warming temperatures, increasing browse pressure, and tree pests and diseases, are affecting trees across the region. Many tree species may expand north with warming temperatures, others may lose habitat along their southern range edges, and still others may endure a changing climate and retain current habitat. Furthermore, these responses will be mediated by other environmental drivers in the forest understory. The goal of this project is to examine the early life-stage responses of multiple tree species across local environmental gradients and gain insight into which species may perform well under current and future conditions. Understanding where on the landscape change is likely to occur and where existing forest types are likely to persist will aid management efforts aimed at resisting and directing climate-mediated change on the landscape.

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Keywords

Diseases, Upland conifers, Regeneration

Last Updated

Monday, June 19, 2017