Dating tree mortality using log decay in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Academic Article


  • Abstract Coarse woody material (CWM) is an important component of forest ecosystems. To meet specific CWM management objectives, it is important to understand rates of decay. We present results from a silvicultural trial at the Bartlett Experimental Forest, in which time of death is known for a large sample of trees. Either a simple table or regression equations that use diameter, species group, and decay class can be used to predict time since mortality for a given log.
  • Authors

  • Fast, Andrew
  • Fast, Andrew J
  • Ducey, Mark
  • Gove, Jeffrey H
  • Leak, William B
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2008
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In


  • New Hampshire
  • coarse woody debris
  • dating mortality
  • downed wood
  • snags
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 154
  • End Page

  • 157
  • Volume

  • 25
  • Issue

  • 3