Old-Growth Disturbance Dynamics and Associated Ecological Silviculture for Forests in Northeastern North America

  • Anthony W. D’Amato
  • Patricia Raymond
  • Shawn Fraver


Our understanding of natural disturbance dynamics of old-growth forest ecosystems in eastern North America has expanded significantly over the past several decades. This expansion has largely stemmed from an active period of discovery of remnant old-growth stands across the region beginning in the late 1980s (Davis 1996; Tyrrell et al. 1998) and parallel development of methodological advances for applying dendroecological techniques to reconstruct disturbance regimes from these areas (summarized in Frelich 2002). Our aim in this chapter is to summarize the disturbance patterns observed in old-growth forests and the resulting developmental dynamics, particularly for common old-growth forest types in northeastern North America. The translation of this information into the development of ecological silviculture systems is also presented with further elaboration in chapters 8 and 13.


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