Canadian Forest Service Publications

Status of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.) in Kouchibouguac National Park: Unpublished (unedited) report submitted to Parks Canada. 2004. Swift, D.E. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Atlantic Forestry Centre, Fredericton, N.B.

Year: 2004

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 24236

Language: English

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Abstract

As generalizations from one region or tree species to another may be misleading in forest management discussions, a research study was initiated by Parks Canada and the Canadian Forest Service to determine the status of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.) in Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick. The purpose of this research study was to determine the status of eastern white pine stands in relation to peotential regeneration and successional processes. Tree, regeneration, and site measurements were recorded in nine representative stands of eastern white pine. Six of these study sites were in stands that have developed from forest conditions. The three remaining stands originated from old field succession processes. From historical records pertaining to the Acadian Forest Region and existing forest patterns in other areas of the Acadian Forest Region, and from the results of this research study, the following was determined: a) at first, the eastern white pine regeneration appears to be satisfactory for the development of future eastern white pien stands in Kouchibouguac National Park, and b) without the development of silvicultural and/or forest restoration techniques that address the current minimal seedbed conditions, minimal light conditions, and an overabundance of competitors in the understorey, the present eastern white pine stands will gradually disappear and the species will become less pronounced on the landscape.