Vegetation classification on the eastern seaboard of the USA was, as elsewhere on this continent, spearheaded by foresters. Many ecologists in New England consequently still use the vegetation classification put forward by Westveld and colleagues in 1956 in which New England is divided into six forested zones (Fig. 1.14). Unlike the NVC described above which uses the current vegetation, Westveld's scheme is based on natural forest vegetation zones: that is, the vegetation that would naturally be found across the area if human interference is ignored (a difficult concept to apply in the UK). The scheme is useful because it contains identifiable and usable categories, easily identified on the
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