Flora of an Unusually Diverse Virgin and Old-growth Forest Area in the Southern Adirondacks of New York
|Title||Flora of an Unusually Diverse Virgin and Old-growth Forest Area in the Southern Adirondacks of New York|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1994|
|Authors||Mitchell, RS, Tucker, GC|
|Journal||Bulletin of the Torrey Botany Club|
|Keywords||New York, old-growth habitats, Pack Forest Preserve, virgin white pine-hemlock stand, Warren County|
A lowland, virgin white pine-hemlock stand and associated old-growth habitats were studied at Pack Forest Preserve, Warren County, NY. An area of 48.1 acres, interrupted only by nature trails, has white pines up to 58 inches in diameter, and supports 355 native plant species-an unexpectedly high number, considering its location in the climatically severe Adirondack Mountains. This minimally disturbed old-growth forest and its associated wetlands are not only diverse, but essentially weed-free, making them ideal for future ecological research, botanical teaching and monitoring activities.