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Expansion of the American Elm Restoration Project in New England in Collaboration With The Nature Conservancy

Snapshot : The American elm in hardwood forests and riparian ecosystems has been greatly reduced or eliminated by Dutch elm disease (DED) and has not been replaced as the dominant overstory hardwood tree. NRS scientist James Slavicek, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has recently established (June 2010) three sites for American elm restoration on TNC lands.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Jim Slavicek 
Research Location : Otter Creek Swamp, near Cornwall, VT; LaPlatte River March Natural Area, near Shelburne, VT; and Maidstone Bends Preserve, along the Connecticut River in Vermont.
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 198

Summary

The American elm in hardwood forests and riparian ecosystems has been greatly reduced or eliminated by Dutch elm disease (DED) and has not been replaced as the dominant overstory hardwood tree. NRS scientist James Slavicek, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has recently established (June 2010) three sites for American elm restoration on TNC lands---Otter Creek Swamp, near Cornwall, VT; LaPlatte River March Natural Area, near Shelburne, VT; and Maidstone Bends Preserve, along the Connecticut River in Vermont. Five trees each of the six DED-tolerant American elm selections (Valley Forge, Princeton, New Harmony, R18-2, Delaware 2, and Jefferson) will be planted at each site, and additional selections will be added as they become available. The overall goal of this project is to establish about 30 such sites in the Connecticut River watershed in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • The Nature Conservatory

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Invasive Species
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