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Northern white cedar forest/woodland  (S1)



Northern white cedar forest/woodland
is an uncommon, northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) dominated upland forest found on ledgy ridges, mesic till uplands, and occasionally on river terrace slopes. Ledges may be crumbly and soils may be loose.

Herbaceous understory vegetation is typically sparse, but may include wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis), intermediate wood fern (Dryopteris intermedia), and starflower (Trientalis borealis), among others. Its soils are better drained than most other northern white cedar communities, and its distribution is limited to the northern part of the state.


All good examples of this community occur on private lands in Coos County.

Northern white cedar forest/woodland sometimes occurs as part of a larger northern hardwood - conifer forest system, though it is unusual to find this community in New Hampshire.


Steeply sloped northern white cedar forest/woodland in the Bishop Brook vicinity (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
northern white cedar forest/woodland in northern NH (photo by Ben Kimball)

northern white cedar forest/woodland (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
northern white cedar forest/woodland (photo by Ben Kimball)

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