Canadian Forest Service Publications

Ice storm damage to eastern Ontario forests: 1998-2001. 2003. Hopkin, A.A.; Williams, T.; Sajan, R.J.; Pedlar, J.H.; Nielsen, C. The Forestry Chronicle 79: 47-53.

Year: 2003

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 21466

Language: English

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Following the 1998 ice storm, tree mortality and crown damage were monitored on permanent plots across eastern Ontario from 1998 until 2001. Conifer species were less damaged than hardwoods. Hardwood tree species showing the greatest crown damage included aspen, (Populus tremuloides), basswood (Tilia americana), and white birch (Betula papyrifera); major species showing the least damage included sugar maple (Acer saccharum), red oak (Quercus rubra) and hickory (Carya spp.). Generally, smaller diameter trees showed less damage than larger diameter trees. Significant mortality was recorded to silver maple (Acer saccharinum), basswood, ash (Fraxinus spp.) and aspen in 1998, although mortality in 2000 and 2001 was about 1–2%. Trees sustaining > 75% crown damage usually died by 2001.