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Title: Forest Resources of Isle Royale National Park 2010

Author: Previant, Wilfred J.; Nagel, Linda M.; Pugh, Scott A.; Woodall, Christopher W.

Date: 2012

Source: Resour. Bull. NRS-73. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 24 p.

Publication Series: Resource Bulletin (RB)

Description: This publication provides a baseline overview of forest resources for Isle Royale National Park (Isle Royale) using data from the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The availability of permanent FIA plots allows for the first-ever comparison of Isle Royale's forest conditions (2006-2010) to reserved and non-reserved forest land within Michigan's Laurentian Mixed Forest-Ecoprovince 212. Isle Royale's prominent forest types, structure, and species composition reflect human and natural disturbances. FIA data suggest Isle Royale's species-specific stand-size stocking, growth and mortality rates, tree densities, volume, live biomass, and aboveground and belowground carbon reflect a unique ecosystem due to a combination of factors: remote location in Lake Superior, disturbance legacy related to natural processes and mining exploration, absence of forest management for more than eight decades, and 50 years of complex interactions between moose/wolf populations.

Keywords: reserved forest land, inventory, forest area, volume, mortality, growth, forest health, biomass, carbon, disturbance, ecoprovince, succession

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Previant, Wilfred J.; Nagel, Linda M.; Pugh, Scott A.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2012. Forest Resources of Isle Royale National Park 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-73. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 24 p.

 


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