Shenandoah National Park From the Bottom to the Top

On Sunday my Eastern Forest Ecosystems class went to Shenandoah for our first field trip! We worked our way up in altitude, starting out in an example of a Riverine Forest (not quite Northern or Southern), passing through a Cove Forest, into a Oak-Hickory Forest, and then into dryer territory with Chestnut Oaks and some Hemlock. At the top we arrived in what I believe was called a vestigial Boreal Forest, with Black and Yellow Birches and Spruces and Firs.

Many thanks to Stephanie Mason and to Joe Marx, our fearless leaders. Stephanie is the one who identified many of the species that I had not seen before. Pictures are in the order they were taken, lower altitudes first. Click to open a slideshow.

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