Old field succession

Title Info
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Grasslands, savannas
Grasslands and savannas Fields and meadows
Nutrient cycles Decomposition
Change over time Succession; Decomposition
Succession Secondary succession
Lessons Succession
Date 1998
Location Massachusetts,USA,North America

Old field succession, Massachusetts. Open fields in New England, if left alone, start to sprout herbs and shrubs and eventually trees. Much of New England was deforested by 1850, but today, the New England states are among the most heavily forested in the nation. Succession in these fields looks like this in the early stages.