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Monadnock Northern Hardwood Spruce Fir Forest


Above: Monadnock Northern Hardwood Spruce Forest from Eagle's Nest


Monadnock Northern Hardwood-Spruce-Fir Forest


Northern Hardwood-Spruce-Fir Forest: is a mixture of spruce and hardwoods such as oak, birch, beech and maple, right below where the forest transitions from all spruce. Continuous areas of this community occur within a narrow band around a majority of the lower portion of Mount Monadnock between 2000 and 2200 feet, however, the community also exhibits some patch occurrence at 2400 feet. Structurally, this community occurs as a closed canopy forest with very few rocky outcroppings. The dominant species are red maple, red spruce, and yellow birch. Dominant saplings are red spruce, striped maple, and yellow birch. Also, along with the saplings, in areas dominated by hardwoods, the forest in summer is blanketed with ground vegetation such as ferns. In late fall this zone in areas dominated by hardwoods and may be more open and park-like. This area may be marked with dense patches of short spruce trees with a hardwood overstory. In recent years ice storms have caused a lot of down trees in this zone particularly the north and east sides of the Mount Monadnock. The Northern Hardwood Spruce fir forest is a blend of hardwoods dappled with spruce in this zone.


Below:Mount Monadnock Northern Hardwood-Spruce-Fir Forest
as viewed from Dutcher Point


Spruce Fir Northern Hardwood Forest Monadnock Dutcher Point


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 2014
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.


Tags:Monadnock Mountain, Northern Hardwood Spruce Fir Forest, Monadnock Vegetation, Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire Forests, Monadnock Trails, New Hampshire Vegetation, flora, fauna, Mount Monadnock, Jaffrey, Mt Monadnock, NH, Monadnock


The weather above is for the base of the mountain.