Eastern Forest Composition Altered Due to Change in Disturbance Regimes

October 16, 2014 4:13 PM

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Eastern forest composition has been altered due to a change in disturbance regimes, not due to climatic changes, a study carried out by Penn State University suggests.

Forests in the Eastern United States remain in a state of “disequilibrium” after the clear-cutting and large-scale burning that occurred in the late 1800s and early 1900s, says Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology.

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