Age structure of Eastern White Pine, Pinus strobus L., at its northern distribution limit in Quebec
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Ola Engelmark; Yves Bergeron; Michael D. Flannigan
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • Abies balsamea
  • Betula papyrifera
  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • Chamaedaphne calyculata
  • Cladonia
  • competition
  • cones
  • coniferous forests
  • distribution
  • disturbance
  • fire intensity
  • fire regimes
  • forest management
  • histories
  • Kalmia angustifolia
  • Ledum groenlandicum
  • Ottawa
  • overstory
  • Picea glauca
  • Picea mariana
  • pine forests
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus resinosa
  • Pinus rigida
  • Pinus strobus
  • plant growth
  • post fire recovery
  • Quebec
  • regeneration
  • seed germination
  • serotiny
  • stand characteristics
  • Thuja occidentalis
  • Vaccinium angustifolium
  • Vaccinium myrtilloides
  • wildfires
  • windthrows
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Record Last Modified: May 15, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 38047
Tall Timbers Record Number: 12601
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-C
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Stand age structures of Eastern White Pine (Pious strobus L.) were analysed on three sites with different fire histories (latest fire 1760, 1825 and 1941, respectively) in Québec to assess whether Eastern White Pine is regenerating or not at its northern limit. Previous paleo-botanical findings suggest that this species once extended ca 100 km further north than the present distribution limit in Québec. All three sites (dry habitats) represented vital populations where the individuals were established after the most recent fire. The results suggest that the relative lack of dry and/or disturbed sites in combination with a more severe fire regime that characterizes the northern lowlands may explain why white pine expansion is restricted northwards. ©The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Engelmark, O., Y. Bergeron, and M. D. Flannigan. 2000. Age structure of Eastern White Pine, Pinus strobus L., at its northern distribution limit in Quebec. Canadian Field-Naturalist, v. 114, no. 4, p. 601-604.