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David R. Foster, Anthony D'Amato, and Benjamin Baiser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179385

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179385.001.0001

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Tree-Falls and Tanbark

Tree-Falls and Tanbark

(p.64) Four Tree-Falls and Tanbark
David R. Foster
Yale University Press

Old-growth forests have one unique, defining historical quality: an absence of direct human disturbance such as logging, grazing, or farm clearing. This chapter focuses on remnant stands of old growth trees and offers insights on how they managed to survive the ravages of European settlement. By comparing the ages, size, growth patterns, and histories of the ancient stands to the region's much more common second-growth forests, it provides better understanding on how natural ecosystems function and differ from those that grew back following logging or abandonment of old agricultural fields.

Keywords:   old-growth forests, logging, grazing, farm clearing, European settlement, second-growth forests, ecosystems, agricultural fields

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