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Birch Beech Maple Forest


Above: Monadnock at the Switchback, with Birch, Beech, and Maple Trees


Monadnock Sugar Maple-Beech-Yellow Birch Forest


Sugar Maple-Beech-Yellow Birch Forest: occurs, commonly up to 2200 feet. One notable exception is that this forest reaches up to 2500 feet on the slopes of the White Dot and White Cross Trails which were burned over in the 1950's. The Sugar Maple-Beech-Yellow Birch Forest is a common forest community in New Hampshire.  The Birch Beech Maple forest is also known as the Northern Broadleaf forest.
Birch-Beech-Maple Forest is the best way to describe this vegetation community on Mount Monadnock, with Birch being the dominant tree. Beech and Striped Maples mix in as well, particularly as saplings. As with anywhere on Mount Monadnock's slopes; Red Spruce may blend in. The dominant species are yellow birch, red maple, and American beech. Noticeably, Sugar maples are absent on the slopes of Monadnock. However, the composition and structure of a majority of the forest area are characteristic of what would be considered to be sugar maple-beech-yellow birch forest. Dominant saplings are striped maple, yellow birch, and American beech. In this area ground vegetation consists of saplings, shrubs and other vegetation. Maples are more common on the northern hollows of the mountain such as the trail-less valley of Mountain Brook and along the Pumpelly Trail. In early foliage season in fall as viewed from the summit; the Mountain Brook Valley below to the north can be dappled varied colors with reds from Maples noticeable.

The Birch Beech Maple forest is a more sun dappled forest with ground vegetation than the Spruce forest higher up which is very shady and is usually devoid of ground vegetation. In the Birch Beech Maple forest there is assorted saplings and ground vegetation such as waist deep ferns in the summer. In late fall this forest at ground level may be open and park-like. On the northwest and east side of the mountain downed trees from recent ice storms litter the forest floor.


Below: remnants of an outbuilding at Mead's Farm, in a Birch Beech Maple Forest


Birch Beech Maple Forest Mead's Farm


Below: Monadnock State Park Headquarters, Birch Forest


Birch Forest Monadnock State Park Headquarters


The pages on the vegetation communities launched this spring has been revised and updated as of August 2011 to more accurately describe Mount Monadnock's unique vegetation.
Fred Pitcher has had 1325+ varied hikes of Mount Monadnock and has spent years researching Monadnock.  All images by Fred Pitcher
Sources:
"Monadnock Guide", Henry I. Baldwin, ©1970, 1rst edition, published by SPNHF
researched online sources such as "Wikipedia", "Google Images"
"National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England", by Peter Alden and Brian Cassie, 1998 edition, 2005 printing
"A.M.C. Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits", by Nancy G. Slack and Allison W. Bell, distributed by Globe Pequot Press ©1995
"The Description and Distribution of Natural Communities on Mount Monadnock, NH: Implication in the Face of Climate Change". MS thesis. Antioch University New England, Keene, NH. by David Mallard, 2008
"North Woods, An Inside Look at the Nature of Forests in the Northeast", by Peter J. Marchand, ©1987, distributed by Globe Pequot Press
"New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands/about forests and lands" website


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Monadnock Trails website: Author, Creator, and photos by Frederick Pitcher 2013
Use of the information on this site is the sole risk of the user.  The author is not responsible for the trails or anyone's ability to follow them.  In addition to the trails there are certain places in this website described that are off trail.  Anyone exploring Monadnock does so at their own risk.


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Jaffrey Weather Forecast, NH

The weather above is for the base of the mountain.