Magazine article American Forests

Riparian Tree Planting

Magazine article American Forests

Riparian Tree Planting

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GLOBAL RELEAF SHOWCASE

GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST, VT.

GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST in Vermont is a gem of the Northeast, providing a variety of recreational activities, such as hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and fishing. The area was designated a national forest on April 25,1932, and at the time, its health had been compromised by excessive logging. Since then, the health of the forest has rebounded to its pre-logging days, but in 2011, it was dealt a blow when Hurricane Irene battered the Northeast.

In August 2011, Tropical Storm Irene - downgraded from the hurricane that made landfall in the Mid-Atlantic states - hit Vermont, causing unprecedented flooding throughout the state. One of two recorded tropical cyclones in Vermont's history, Irene flooded most of the state's rivers, destroying many of its iconic covered bridges, some more than a century old. Of course, the state's man-made charms weren't the only ones that were damaged.

The White River in Green Mountain National Forest saw much of its riparian vegetation severely damaged or completely destroyed by the flood waters. Many trees inhabit these northern mountains, including red and white maple, white pine, red spruce, balsam fir and red oak, which were affected by floodwaters in a number of ways. …

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