Comparing spatial pattern in unaltered old-growth and disturbed forest landscapes

D. J. Mladenoff, M. A. White, J. Pastor, T. R. Crow

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Geographic information systems were used to analyze the structure of a second-growth forest landscape that contains scattered old-growth patches. This landscape was compared to a nearby, unaltered old-growth landscape on comparable landforms and soils to assess the effects of human activity on forest spatial pattern. This was aimed at determining if characteristic landscape structural patterns distinguish the primary old-growth forest landscape from the disturbed landscape. It was found that a number of important structural features of the intact old-growth landscape do not occur in the disturbed landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNCASI Technical Bulletin
Number of pages2
StatePublished - May 1 1999


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