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sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

Model Reliability: High



Current Forest Inventory and Analysis under Current Conditions
Current Forest Inventory and Analysis under Current Conditions
(DISTRIB-II + SHIFT)
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Importance Value
GCM SCENARIO % Area Occ Ave IV Sum IV Future/Current IV
Actual25.51289732N/A
RFimp34.88.4858550.96
CCSM4542.16.5808690.94
CCSM8543.36.1775220.9
GFDL4544.46.1800200.93
GFDL85455.8764610.89
HAD4542.96.1774570.9
HAD8541.95.6689100.8
GCM4545.26795050.93
GCM8545.95.5743390.87

Regional Summary Tree Tables

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 Interpretation


Sugar maple is widely distributed (21.3% of area), dense, and with high IV across much of the northern 2/3 of the Eastern US. It ranks fourth in overall abundance across the eastern US, behind loblolly pine, red maple and sweetgum. It rates as highly adaptable although under persistent drought or other stresses, it would likely decline. In contrast to our earlier models which showed substantial habitat decline in the south under harsh climate change, the species is modeled to decline only modestly, so we rate it with a very good capacity to cope, and to be a good infill species (according to SHIFT).



Family:  Aceraceae

Guild: persistent, slow-growing understory tolerant

Functional Lifeform: large deciduous tree

5.8 0.86
1.34 Model Reliability High

MODFACs
What traits will impact sugar maple's ability to adapt to climate change, and in what way?:

 Primary Positive Traits

Shade tolerance Environment habitat specificity

 Primary Negative Traits


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