Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


The Bowl Research Natural Area: Old Growth Forest



Description:
The Bowl Research Natural Area contains more than 500 acres of old growth forest. It is located on the western wall of a beautiful mountain valley (a glacial cirque), on the east side of Whiteface Mtn. The natural community types change as you go up in elevation, grading from mixed northern hardwoods at lower elevations to spruce-fir softwoods at higher elevations. The forest in The Bowl has apparently never been logged. As such, it is a valuable old-growth reference area which can be used by researchers to compare with more common second-growth forests in the region.


Directions:
Take Rte. 113 to the Ferncroft parking area in Wonalancet. Hike north along the Wonalancet River on the Dicey’s Mill Trail for about 2 miles.

Landowner: White Mountain National Forest

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Lungwort (a type of tree lichen) (photo by Sara Cairns for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Passing by brook cascades on the way into The Bowl along the Dicey's Mill Trail (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Dead and downed tree trunks are a common feature of old growth forests, and they serve both to provide wildlife habitat and to replenish soil nutrients (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Sign at the border of the Sandwich Range Wilderness Area (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) View up towards The Bowl from the Ferncroft parking area in Wonalancet (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

The Bowl RNA site map (click for larger pdf)

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