Dynamics of the boreal forests of the Laurentian Highlands, Canada
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Charles V. Cogbill
Publication Year: 1985

Cataloging Information

  • Abies balsamea
  • age classes
  • Betula papyrifera
  • boreal forest
  • Canada
  • catastrophic fires
  • climax vegetation
  • coniferous forests
  • dendrochronology
  • disturbance
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire frequency
  • fire regimes
  • hardwood forest
  • mortality
  • mosses
  • old growth forest
  • overstory
  • Picea mariana
  • pine forests
  • Pinus banksiana
  • population ecology
  • Populus tremuloides
  • Quebec
  • recruitment
  • senescence
  • stand dynamics
  • succession
  • successional stages
  • tree establishment
  • trees
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 4399
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Analyses of species composition and tree increment cores from 145 stands in central Quebec were used to study the forest history and stand dynamics. Windspread fires, possibly synchronous, burned across central Quebec in at least 3 periods of record (1661-1663, 1779-1791 and 1869-1871). The average fire rotation (time interval between natural fires burning the equivalent of a large area) for spruce (Picea mariana)/feather moss forests was approximately 130 yr, while it was 70 yr in deciduous or jack pine forests. The traditional succession concept of continual recruitment leading to an all-aged forest was not evident in these forests. About 70% of the overstorey trees were established in the first 30 yr after fire disturbance, with little recruitment after this time. These initial trees dominated the canopy for up to 250 yr with mortality becoming prominent after 130 yr. The short average time between disturbances precludes the probable degeneration into old shrub-filled stands typical of old age.

Online Link(s):
Cogbill, C. V. 1985. Dynamics of the boreal forests of the Laurentian Highlands, Canada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 15(1):252-261.