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HemlockA Forest Giant on the Edge$
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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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Cut or Girdle

Cut or Girdle

(p.136) Eight Cut or Girdle

David R. Foster

Yale University Press

The Harvard Forest Hemlock Removal Experiment, also known as Cut or Girdle, is a long-term experiment set up at Harvard Forest with the goal of understanding how forest ecosystems respond following the removal of a single foundation species. This chapter discusses the results of the Cut or Girdle experiment conducted in the New England landscape and compares it with regions across the United States. With Cut or Girdle, it is possible to determine how a representative New England forest changes, depending on how the hemlocks are killed and how quickly they disappear from the forest.

Keywords:   Harvard Forest, Cut or Girdle, ecosystem, New England, forest, hemlock

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