Goerlich, D.L. 1998. An asessment of eastern hemlock regeneration in the central Adirondack Mountains of New York State. M.S. Thesis, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, 260pp.
 
 

Abstract: A comprehensive literature review and exploratory sampling techniques were used to determine possible alternatives for improving the regeneration of eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis L) in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State. Significant factors affecting the location of hemlock seedlings included distance to seed source, bearing from seed source to regeneration, distance to canopy opening edge, soil disturbance, community type, and overstory basal area. Width of 30 to 60 ft appear adequate for regeneration and recruitment of hemlock within the uncut portion of a strip cutting method. Wider widths allow regeneration of hemlock seedlings, but inadequate recruitment into larger diameter classes. Studies regarding hemlock frequency and location within forest canopy openings, proved inconclusive. Recommendations for further study include a closer look at strip sampling methodology, patch cutting alternatives, and the interaction between light, groundcover condition, and the abundance of hemlock regeneration.