Ecology of Atlantic white cedar swamps in the New Jersey Pinelands

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The areal extent of Chamaecyparis thyoides swamps in the 445 000 ha New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve has declined from >20 000 ha in the late 19th century to <9000 ha now occupying this coastal plain ecosystem. This paper reviews the literature that evaluates the vegetation response of Pinelands cedar swamps to disturbance factors, such as fire and cutting. A conceptual fire disturbance model is presented whereby several key variables interact to predict the potential for a burned stand to reestablish as cedar or convert to hardwoods. -from Authors

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Wetland ecology and management