Natural Community Classification

Following the standards used in Wetland, Woodland, Wildland, I have concluded that my phenology plot is a part of a Red Spruce-Northern Hardwood forest community. The plot consists almost entirely of Eastern Hemlocks, which is identified as an “occasional to locally abundant” species in these types of communities. There are also several Yellow Birch on and around my plot, which is an “abundant species” in Red Spruce-Northern Hardwood communities. Because my site is located on a slope and has a stream nearby that is not significant and not always present, I was able to determine that my plot is a part of an Upland Forest community. From there, it was quite clear that the area is a Red Spruce-Northern Hardwood forest community based on the few species that can be found in the plot.

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