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Pitch pine broom crowberry woodland near Wonderland Trail in Acadia NP
Pitch pine broom crowberry woodland near Wonderland Trail in Acadia National Park. Photo by Kate Miller.
  • Monitor status and trends of conditional indicators for selected rare woodland and forest communities in Acadia National Park in order to inform management decisions.

Acadia National Park lies within a transition zone of the Maine coastline, containing ecological communities typical of both southwestern and "downeast" coastal Maine. Eleven of these communities, or "associations" as defined within the United States National Vegetation Classification, are rare within the state of Maine, and one is globally rare. Rare communities are of particular management and conservation interest at Acadia because they are rare and because they may be particularly sensitive to anthropogenic (human caused) impacts. This protocol was designed to provide data for the assessment of status and trends in rare woodland and forest communities within the park, and was adapted from the NETN Long-term Forest Monitoring Protocol.

Of the rare communities at Acadia, four terrestrial forest or woodland communities are recommended for long-term monitoring at this time: a) the globally rare Pitch Pine / Broom Crowberry Woodland; b) the Pitch Pine / Black Chokeberry / Wavy Hairgrass - Little Bluestem Woodland; c) the Jack Pine / Sheep Laurel - Blueberry species Woodland; and d) the Eastern White Pine - Red Pine / Canadian Bunchberry Forest. The latter three communities are considered rare in the state of Maine. NETN originally targeted the Pitch Pine / Broom Crowberry Woodland for monitoring due to its globally rare status. The Pitch Pine and Jack Pine Woodlands share many structural, compositional and functional characteristics with the Pitch Pine / Broom Crowberry Woodland and can effectively be monitored with this rare woodland protocol. The White Pine / Red Pine Forest community shares fewer characteristics with these woodlands, but, like the woodlands, is a relatively open and fire-associated forest community. The White Pine / Red Pine Forest will be sampled using the sampling frame described in this protocol, but will use the field methods and data forms described in the NETN long-term forest monitoring protocol.

NETN Rare Communities Monitoring Documents

Northeast Temperate Network Contacts for Rare Woodland Monitoring

Name Title/Position Phone Number Email Address
David Raikow Program Manager (Acting) 802-457-3368
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Kate Miller Plant Ecologist 207-288-8736
Adam Kozlowski Data Manager 802-457-3368 ex 240

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