A ponderosa pine natural area reveals its secrets

Edited by: Michael J. MacPaul A. OplerCatherine E. Puckett Haecker, and Peter D. Doran



Monument Canyon Research Natural Area preserves an unlogged 259-hectare stand of old-growth ponderosa pine in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. This preserve, established in 1932, is the oldest research natural area in the state. This two-tiered forest displays an old-growth density of 100 stems per hectare (Muldavin et al. 1995), with an understory thicket of stagnant saplings and poles that raises the total stand density to an average of 5,954 stems per hectare, with concentrations as high as 21,617 stems per hectare (Fig. 1).

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title A ponderosa pine natural area reveals its secrets
ISBN 016053285X
Year Published 1998
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 2 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Other Report
Larger Work Title Status and trends of the nation's biological resources
First page 551
Last page 552
Country United States
State New Mexico
Other Geospatial Jemez Mountains, Monument Canyon Research Natural Area
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