Hearts Content National Scenic Area

Hearts Content National Scenic Area is a tract of old-growth forest in Warren County, northwestern Pennsylvania. It represents one of the few remaining old-growth forests in the northeastern United States that contain white pine.cite journal|last=Lutz |first=H. J.|month=January |year=1930 |title=The vegetation of Heart's Content, a virgin forest in northwestern Pennsylvania|journal=Ecology|volume=11|pages=1–29|url=http://www.jstor.org/view/00129658/di960041/96p0003z/0 |doi=10.2307/1930778 |format=dead link|date=June 2008 – [http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=author%3A+intitle%3AThe+vegetation+of+Heart%27s+Content%2C+a+virgin+forest+in+northwestern+Pennsylvania&as_publication=%5B%5BEcology+%28journal%29%7CEcology%5D%5D&as_ylo=1930&as_yhi=1930&btnG=Search Scholar search] ] The area is protected as a National Scenic Area within the Allegheny National Forest.cite web|title=Heart's Content Scenic Area|publisher=Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|url=http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/oldgrowth/heartscontent.aspx]

History

While many of the region's forests were being clear-cut, the Wheeler and Dusenbury Lumber Company held the convert|20|acre|ha|0|lk=on|sing=on tract of old-growth forest at Heart's Content from 1897 until 1922, when they deeded it to the United States Forest Service.cite web|title=Hearts Content Recreation Area|publisher=United States Forest Service|date=2007-04-14|url=http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/recreation/camping/heartscontent|accessdate=2008-01-15] In 1934, the Chief of the Forest Service recognized the old-growth stand and convert|102|acre|ha|0 of surrounding land as a National Scenic Area. The forest became a National Natural Landmark in 1977.

cientific study

H.J. Lutz's study of Hearts Content was one of the earliest quantitative analyses of plant communities in an old-growth forest, and it remains influential in the field of ecology.cite journal|last=Whitney|first=G. G.|year=1984|title=Fifty years of change in the arboreal vegetation of Heart's Content, an old-growth hemlock-white pine-northern hardwood stand|journal=Ecology|volume=65|pages=403–408|doi=10.2307/1941403] Lutz concluded that the even-aged white pine stand established following a major disturbance about 350 years ago, such as a fire; since then, the species has not reproduced under the closed canopy. By relocating and resampling Lutz's original plots, Whitney documented 50 years of changes in the structure and composition of the stand. During this time, dense deer populations have reduced the regeneration of many tree and herb species. [cite journal|last=Rooney|first=T. P.|coauthors=Dress, W.J.|month=October|year=1997|title=Species loss over sixty-six years in the ground-layer vegetation of Heart's Content, an old-growth forest in Pennsylvania, USA|journal=Natural Areas Journal|volume=17|pages=297–305]

Vegetation

Hearts Content represents E. Lucy Braun's hemlock-white pine-northern hardwood forest type. [cite book|last=Braun|first=E. L.|authorlink=Emma Lucy Braun|year=1950|title=Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America|isbn=1-930665-30-X] The stand's dominant tree species include hemlock, beech and white pine. Many of the hemlocks and white pines have diameters of over convert|40|in|cm|0|lk=on and heights of over convert|140|ft|m|0|lk=on. Most of the white pine are between 300 and 400 years old. Beech bark scale affects many of the beech trees. Hay-scented fern covers much of the understory due to overbrowsing by deer.

Recreation

Visitors can walk an easily accessible, convert|1|mi|km|1|lk=on|sing=on loop trail through the old-growth forest. A picnic area, campground and several other trailheads are nearby. A convert|6.4|mi|km|1|lk=on|sing=on cross-country ski trail passes through the area on old railroad grades. There are also numerous camps owned by private individuals in the area.

ee also

*List of old growth forests

References

External links

* [http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/oldgrowth/heartscontent.aspx Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources site]
* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/recreation/camping/heartscontent United States Forest Service site]
* [http://www.getoutzine.com/node/360 Online magazine article of Heart's Content]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Heart's Content — could refer to: *Heart s Content, Newfoundland and Labrador *Hearts Content National Scenic Area, an old growth forest in Warren County, Pennsylvania …   Wikipedia

  • Warren County, Pennsylvania — Infobox U.S. County county = Warren County state = Pennsylvania map size = 225 founded = March 12, 1800 seat = Warren largest city = Warren area total sq mi =898 area total km2 = 2325 area land sq mi = 883 area land km2 = 2288 area water sq mi =… …   Wikipedia

  • United Kingdom — a kingdom in NW Europe, consisting of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: formerly comprising Great Britain and Ireland 1801 1922. 58,610,182; 94,242 sq. mi. (244,100 sq. km). Cap.: London. Abbr.: U.K. Official name, United Kingdom of Great… …   Universalium

  • Minneapolis — This article is about the city in Minnesota. For other uses, see Minneapolis (disambiguation). Minneapolis   City   City of Minneapolis …   Wikipedia

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota — Infobox Settlement official name = City of Minneapolis settlement type = City nickname = City of Lakes, Mill City, Mini Apple, Twin Cities (with St. Paul, MN) motto = En Avant (French: Forward ) imagesize = image caption = Downtown Minneapolis in …   Wikipedia

  • List of old growth forests — This is a list of existing old growth ( virgin ) forests, or remnants of forest. (NB: The terms old growth and virgin may have various definitions and meanings throughout the world. See old growth forest for more information.)EurasiaBelarus*… …   Wikipedia

  • Thrissur — Infobox Indian Jurisdiction native name=Thrissur ( Thrissivaperoor) official name = Thrissur latd = 10.52 | longd=76.21 state name=Kerala district=Thrissur District leader title = Mayor leader name = Prof. R. Bindu altitude=2.83 population as of …   Wikipedia

  • Dima Hasao district — A scenic view of Khobak Village, Dima Hasao Dima Hasao district (formerly, North Cachar Hills district) is an administrative district in the state of Assam in north eastern India. As of 2011 it is the least populous district of Assam (out of… …   Wikipedia

  • performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical.       The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains …   Universalium

  • theatre — /thee euh teuhr, theeeu /, n. theater. * * * I Building or space in which performances are given before an audience. It contains an auditorium and stage. In ancient Greece, where Western theatre began (5th century BC), theatres were constructed… …   Universalium


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.