Panorama: old-growth hardwoods forest

Title Info
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Temperate deciduous forest
Change over time Disturbance
Disturbance Storms
Lessons Panoramas
Date October 15, 2008
Location Lord's Hill,Marshfield,Vermont,USA,North America
Panorama of Old-growth northern hardwoods forest in Vermont
Related materials: Panoramas
You may want to discuss with your students how different types of disturbance affect ecosystem structure and how they alter ecosystem functioning. You may also want to discuss the value of old-growth forests; there may be very few (or no) species in this forest that cannot also be found in nearby second-growth forests. So, what is the value of old-growth in this case?

Panorama Viewing: Click the "View Panorama" button to see an interactive panorama. Click and drag your mouse in any direction to view other parts of the scene; press the Shift key to zoom in to see details and press Ctrl to zoom out.
We recommend using the Deval VR viewer for seeing panoramas that do NOT have sound and the QuickTime viewer for panoramas WITH sound.

This giant sugar maple is part of 12 acres (5 ha) of old-growth northern hardwoods forest in Vermont, seen here near the peak of autumn color. Very little old-growth forest remains in this part of the country, as most of it was cut in the 18th and 19th centuries. Then, many of the small patches that survived that era were blown down in the massive hurricane of 1938 that devastated towns and forests in much of New England. The Lord's Hill old-growth forest survived because it was in the lee of a hill that protected it from the hurricane's winds.