Coastally Restricted Forests

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorAimlee D. Laderman

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A few conifers are found in nature only in narrow, discontinuous bands bordering continental margins. Despite their maritime location, these trees cannot thrive in saline waters and soils. What enables them to grow in challenging habitats? Why don't these species naturalize inland? Whatcharacteristics allow them to succeed only near salt water? A strange combination of qualities is seen: the trees are catastrophe-dependent, stress-tolerant, with broad niche potential, but are poor competitors in "easy" sites. They all possess moisture-conserving features usually associated with arid lands, although they grow in regions of high humidityand frequent fogs. This volume is the first to assemble and compare information on widely dispersed coastal forests of the Northern Hemisphere. Authorities on each system explore the properties of these unusual trees and their habitats, and formulate guidelines for their appropriate management and protection. Thethirty-six contributing authors include natural resource managers and regulators, ecologists, lumbermen, geneticists, botanists, and paleontologists. The book draws from work on three continents, eight countries, and twenty-three states of the Unites States. One half of the volume is devoted to theseven highly prized, commercially valuable Chamaecyparis species.

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A few conifers are found in nature only in narrow, discontinuous bands bordering continental margins. Despite their maritime location, these trees cannot thrive in saline waters and soils. What enables them to grow in challenging habitats? Why don't these species naturalize inland? Whatcharacteristics allow them to succeed only near sa...

Aimlee D. Laderman, Lecturer and Research Affiliate at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, is Director of the Swamp Research Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 6.18 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195075676

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1. Aimlee D. Laderman: Freshwater forests of continental margins: overview and synthesisPART I: Chamaecyparis (False-cypress) Studies2. Donald B. Zobel: Chamaecyparis forests: a comparative analysisPACIFIC RIM3. Paul E. Hennon, Charles G. Shaw III, and Everett M. Hansen: Reproduction and forest decline of Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (yellow cedar) in southeast Alaska, USA4. Glen B. Dunsworth: Problems and research needs for Chamaecyparis nootkanensis forest management in coastal British Columbia, Canada5. John H. Russell: Genecology of Chamaecyparis nootkanensis6. Mel Greenup: Managing Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Port Orford cedar) to control the root disease caused by Phytophthora lateralis in the Pacific Northwest, USA7. Shin-Ichi Yamamato: Regeneration ecology of Chamaecyparis obtusa and C. pisifera (Hinoki and Sawara cypress), JapanATLANTIC COAST, NORTH AMERICA8. Raymond M. Sheffield, Thomas W. Birch, William H. McWilliams, and John B. Tansey: Chamaecyparis thyoides in the United States: extent and characterization using broad-scale inventory data9. Lucinda McWeeney: Reconstruction of the Mashantucket Pequot cedar swamp paleoenvironment using plant macrofossils, New England, USA10. Dwight L. Stoltzfus and Ralph E. Good: Plant community structure in Chamaecyparis thyoides swamps in the New Jersey Pinelands Biosphere Reserve, USA11. Ronald W. Phillips, Joseph H. Hughes, Marilyn A. Buford, William E. Gardner, Fred M. White, and Clair G. Williams: Atlantic white cedar in North Carolina, USA: a brief history and current regeneration efforts12. Robert T. Eckert: Population genetic analysis of Chamaecyparis thyoides in New Hampshire and Maine, USAPART II: Systems with Diverse Dominants, Forests Not Dominated by Chamaecyparis species13. Characteristics of the soil and water table in an Alnus japonica (Japanese alder)14. Peter A. Khomentovsky: Pinus pumila (Siberian dwarf pine) on the Kamchatka Peninsula, northeast Asia: ecology of seed production15. Robert Ornduff: The Sequoia sempervirens (coast redwood) forest of the Pacific coast, USA16. Ingrid Olmstead and Rafael Duran Garcia: Distribution and ecology of low freshwater coastal forests of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico17. William H. McWilliams, John B. Tansey, Thomas R. Birch, and Mark H. Hansen: Taxodium-Nyssa (cypress-tupelo) forest along the coast of southern United States18. William H. Conner: Impact of hurricanes on forests of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, USA19. William H. Conner and John W. Day, Jr.: The effect of sea level rise on coastal wetland forests: the Mississippi Delta, USA, as a model20. Wolfgang Grosse, Hans B. Buchel, and Sibylle Latterman: Root aeration in wetland trees and its ecophysiological significancePART III: Management and Research21. Aimlee D. Laderman and Rachel L. Donnette: Coastal forest management and research

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"This volume treats the ecology, utilization, and management of freshwater forests within 250 km of the sea coast in the temperate and boreal Northern Hemisphere. . . . The book was derived, in part, from two symposia held in 1990 and 1991; however the 21 articles by 40 authors have recentliterature references and are not outdated by publication in 1997. . . . Most chapters of the book are addressed primarily to forest and preserve managers. However, the several chapters that deal with plant biology and descriptive ecology are also of value as reviews of the state of our knowledge .. . and of interest to taxonomists and ecologists and are worthy of use as first readings for the professional and supplemental readings for students in plant ecology and plant geography courses. A few chapters could even serve as orientation material to be read before one visits some of theinteresting forests for class trips, plant collecting, or tourism."--Brittonia