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190   COMMISSION OF CONSERVATION

SUMMARY OF FOREST CONDITIONS

The   forest conditions described on the preceding pages may

be summarized as follows:

Partially or completely forested, 84,333 acres.

 

Unburned mature forest    

15,000

Burned areas (second growth forest)    

51,334

Unburned swamps within the burned areas    

16,799

Oak barrens    

1,200

Total    

84,333

The areas actually burned over, with reference to the number of times burned, may be grouped as below:

Burned once    17,349

Burned twice    17,750

Burned three times    6,975

Burned many times    9,260

 

Total    51,334

Comparing the conditions, as a whole, on the areas burned many times with those burned once, twice, and three times, we find that the pine averages three trees per acre, in contrast to 7, 14, and 110, on the areas burned thrice, twice and once, respectively; the poplar ten per acre, in comparison with 169 on the areas burned three times, and to 258 on the areas burned once and twice; the amount of pulp-wood ready to harvest, one-forty-fifth cord, in contrast to one-eighth cord on the areas burned three times, to one-fifth cord on the areas burned twice, and to one cord on the areas burned once.

The condition of affairs in order of the number of times the area has been burned may be summarized in tabular form, as below:

TABLE V

NUMERICAL PROPORTION OF REPRODUCTION OF VARIOUS SPECIES ON THE AVERAGE
ACRE IN ORDER OF THE NUMBER OF TIMES BURNED, BASED ON SAMPLE
PLOTS TOTALING 180 ACRES

 

Burned

once

Burned

twice

Burned

thrice

Burned

many

times

Whole number of trees at present   

626

523

275

22

Pine   

110

14

7

3

Poplar    

258

257

169

10

Other commercial species    

106

101

18

7

Cords of pulpwood now merchantable..

1

 

i3

5-

These conditions may be represented graphically by the following diagrams :


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