Catastrophic wind disturbance in an old-growth hemlock-hardwood forest, Wisconsin.

C. P. Dunn, G. R. Guntenspergen, J. R. Dorney

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On 4 July 1977, the Flambeau River Hemlock-Hardwood Scientific Area (Sawyer County) was leveled by a downburst of hurricane-force winds. Total stand basal area after the blowdown was reduced to 6% of prestorm levels. Total seedling density increased greatly following the blowndown, especially that of Betula alleghaniensis. Acer saccharum continued to dominate the relatively unaffected sapling layer. A dense shrub layer of Sambucus pubens developed.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-217
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Botany
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes


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