Nomenclature: Kartesz (1994).
Changes in two Minnesota forests during 14 years following catastrophic windthrow
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
2000 IAVS - the International Association of Vegetation Science
Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume 11, Issue 6, pages 833–840, December 2000
How to Cite
Arévalo, J. R., DeCoster, J. K., McAlister, S. D. and Palmer, M. W. (2000), Changes in two Minnesota forests during 14 years following catastrophic windthrow. Journal of Vegetation Science, 11: 833–840. doi: 10.2307/3236553
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Received 2 December 1998; Revision received 15 September 1999; Accepted 13 January 2000. Coordinating Editor: O. Engelmark.
- Forest dynamics;
- Tree damage;
- Tree mortality;
- Wind disturbance
Abstract. We measured tree damage and mortality following a catastrophic windthrow in permanent plots in an oak forest and a pine forest in central Minnesota. We monitored changes in forest structure and composition over the next 14 years. Prior to the storm, the oak forest was dominated by Quercus ellipsoidalis, and the pine forest by Pinus strobus. The immediate impacts of the storm were to differentially damage and kill large, early-successional hardwoods and pines. Subsequent recovery was characterized by the growth of late-successional hardwoods. In both forests the disturbance acted to accelerate succession. Ordination of tree species composition confirmed the trend of accelerated succession, and suggested a convergence of composition between the two forests.