Subregional Variation in Upland Hardwood Forest Composition and Disturbance Regimes of the Central Hardwood Region

  • William Henry McNab
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 21)


Oaks and hickories characterize the Central Hardwood Region, with its temperate, humid climate and deep soils. Several xerophytic species characterize stands on xeric sites; mesic sites usually have greater diversity of oaks and hickories and include maple, ash, beech, and yellow-poplar. Ice and wind storms are common disturbances across the region; wildland fires ignited by lightning are uncommon and generally confined to small, stand-size areas. Variable environmental conditions, topography, and forest species compositions from the eastern Appalachians to the western Ozarks can require different silvicultural prescriptions to create early successional habitats, even in stands of similar appearance.


Sugar Maple Natural Disturbance Frost Free Season Early Successional Habitat Average Annual Precipitation Range 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.USDA Forest Service, Southern Research StationAshevilleUSA

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