Researchers observed a dramatic decline in maple growth rates across the Adirondack region since the 1980s. Growth declines were consistent for most populations, with 3 of 4 trees experiencing a downward trajectory in growth despite differences in stand age and soil fertility. The period of growth decline coincided with a period of rapid warming in the Adirondacks, but researchers found that the growth responses of sugar maple to changes in temperature and precipitation were complex and changing over time. Defoliation events also have contributed to reduced growth during this period. These factors will shape the future of sugar maple growth and health in the Northern Forest, and should be considered in the management of this economically and ecologically significant species in the region.
To investigate potential interactions between climate and soil influences on long-term sugar maple growth patterns.
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Status - Active
Start date: 2013-01-01